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Should everyone get the flu shot?

Should everyone get the flu shot?

Just about: Everyone. It is not for infants younger than 6 months of age. "People who have experienced a severe (life threatening) allergy to a prior dose of an seasonal influenza vaccine" should not get the flu shot per the CDC.

Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Who should get the flu shot over 30?

Who should get the flu shot over 30?

Adults: 1 medically compromised people 2 health and dental providers 3 adults (more important as you get older) 4 day care providers 5. All adults not allergic to the vaccine. Pharmacies are now offering flu shots. The flu shot typically is formulated to prevent the most serious strain of the flu that the health profession is expecting this year.

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Why should I get the flu shot this winter?

Why should I get the flu shot this winter?

To avoid illness: During the season the flu affects a large volume of the population & causes upwards of 30 + deaths/yr in the us alone. The vaccine must change on a regular basis to keep up with mutations/variations in the flu strains that prevent prior illness from making you immune. The vaccine is effective in preventing the strains in the vaccine but may not cover every strain around.

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Should my baby get the flu shot every year?

Should my baby get the flu shot every year?

YES: The flu vaccine is an important part of the preventive care for children as well as adults. The younger the child (infants) the more serious influenza can be. If everyone were to get vaccinated for the flu there would be less influenza illnesses and deaths.

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When should you get the flu shot this year?

When should you get the flu shot this year?

As soon as available: The seasonal flu vaccine will be effective within 2 weeks of administration & last all season regardless of when obtained. My office crew & I got ours in early august.

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Why should you get the flu shot every year?

Why should you get the flu shot every year?

Different flu virus: It is a different strain of flu each year so the formulation is different each year and there are a lot af flu strains.

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Is it okay that I get the flu shot this year?

Is it okay that I get the flu shot this year?

I did: I did, as I do every year, and have lived to tell you about it. So have millions of others. I ask is it ok to ride the subway (bart) in the winter with people coughing at you? If you live in a bubble you might not care to get one.

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Can you tell me is it too late to get the flu shot?

Flu Shot: With a flu shot it really is better late then never.

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I get vary sick when I get the flu shot should I still get it?

Yes: People who report illness after the flu most likely are experiencing their immune system revving up in response to the vaccine. Low grade fever aches, etc are not uncommon. It is NOT the flu, flu is an entirely different animal. High fever, severe aches and pains where it hurts to move, cough and other respiratory symptoms that can last weeks. It is a misery that is best avoided.

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How horrible would things have been if I didn't get the flu shot?

Influenza: Can cause you to feel tremendously ill. Every year - there are people who have increased risk who die from the flu. I think that Flu shots are one of the best things around!

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Why are do some people not get the flu shot for religious reasons?

Why are do some people not get the flu shot for religious reasons?

Influenza vaccine: Most states allow for religious exemptions for vaccinations. Although influenza vaccinations might be required for some health care workers - I don't believe that influenza vaccination is usually mandated. However, I am not a lawyer - a lawyer may be able to give you a better response.

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Can my boyfriend still can get the flu shot with the smystoms he has?

Flu shot: If he has fever and body aches he may already have the flu. He should go see his doctor to see what he does have. Even if he has the flu now, when he is well it is still recommended to get your flu vaccine as their are other strains of flu.

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If you get the flu shot, what is the chance that you will get the flu?

Depends on strain: At any given time there are possibly as many as 6-7 strains of flu circulating in different parts of the world. The flu vaccine that is developed every year relies on international surveillance to select the 3 most common strains to be included in the vaccine. More than 3 diminishes the effectiveness. Air travel can bring any strain to your local & if exposed to a non- vaccine strain, u may get it.

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I'm wondering can the us army really make me get the flu shot every year?

I'm wondering can the us army really make me get the flu shot every year?

Yes: If you are on active duty it may be mandated. If you have the flu you could infect many others.

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Am I too late to get the flu shot if everyone else in the house is already sick?

Am I too late to get the flu shot if everyone else in the house is already sick?

No: It's too late to get the flu shot if you already had the flu, not if you or people close to you are "already sick." too many people think getting a flu shot is supposed to stop you from getting sick. It does, but it only stops you from getting sick with the flu, and nothing else. There are many, many illnesses, and the flu shot protects you from the flu.

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Is it too late to have my kids get the flu shot or would there still be a need/benefit?

Is it too late to have my kids get the flu shot or would there still be a need/benefit?

Get flu vaccine now: Influenza activity is predicted to increase in the next couple of months, so getting the vaccine now will still be beneficial. This year has been a bit unusual, as influenza cases have been more prevalent, earlier than usual. We expect early 2013 to bring even more influenza activity. It's never to late to vaccinate. I had a teen with influenza a in july! He exposed an entire football camp.

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Can I get the flu shot while on isotrentinoin?

Can I get the flu shot while on isotrentinoin?

Yes: Keep close contact with your prescribing physician and ask all your questions. Since you must be seen every month while taking this, you should have ample opportunity to review every single detail.

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Is it possible for me to get the flu shot while drinking?

Is it possible for me to get the flu shot while drinking?

It is possible but: I think any shot or treatment etc. Should be with held unless the person is not intoxicated and unable to understand why the shot is being given and cnsent for the same as long as one is drinking and I smell the alcohol I refuse to give flu shot or any other treatment till the person is sober to understand the reason for flu or any other shot or treatment. Only exception is life saving emergency.

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more