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Are People Who Get The Flu Shot Contagious
I had h2n3 during the 2012-2013 fu season. That’s the sickest I’ve ever been. I get the flu shot early but does that mean I have some natural immunity?
Could be true.: You may have some level of immunity against the H2N3 variant based on your illness with that variant back in the 2012-2013 season. There’s a bit of cross-immunity which may provide you a bit of immunity against similar strains, too. But it’s always good to get vaccinated anyway to really be safe. ...Read more
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
Reality: The flu virus is well known for mutating frequently which makes prior vaccines less helpful. There are also 4-6+ strains circulating the globe at any point and air travel spreads them easily. Each year they pick the top 3-4 strains (by frequency) & put them into the shot. More would weaken strength for individual strains. If you get the shot every year (I do) you increase your chances for it to work ...Read more
Yes & no: If they all have the flu you have likely been exposed enough to get that strain. It takes 2-3 weeks for the shot to stimulate enough protection to stop a flu. You can still get the shot, which could protect you from other strains later on. If any of them have flu your best defense is antiviral meds. (Tamiflu can help you stop or make it less intense) ...Read more
Yes: ABSOLUTELY, ASTOUNDINGLY YES!!Get a more detailed answer ›
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
All over: The pooled flu vaccine, the one with ten doses per vial, contains thymerisol. The individually dosed flu vaccines (one dose per syringe) do not. Whether you go to a cvs or a doctor's office, ask for the one you want. Thymerisol, by the way, has not been shown in many years to harm anyone. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Yes: If you are on active duty it may be mandated. If you have the flu you could infect many others. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
How effective is the flu shot in the US? 10% this year? Is that an exaggeration because Australians don't normally get the flu shot. I am Australian. We only vax 10% of our kids. Is it possible the shot will be more effective in US since more get it.
Varies yearly: At any point at least 6 strains of flu circle the globe & air travel mixes it easily. Each season they pick the top 3-4 strains in the world & put a vaccine into production. More strains & it would weaken the strength for individual strains. US protection rates range from 20-60%/yr based on chance. I've had normal unvaccinated kids spend a month in the ICU near dying from the flu. I respect it. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Influenza vaccine: Swimmers ear is not a contraindication.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Our institution strongly recommends, and data supports this as it reduces morbidity. ...Read more
Yes: Inactivated or subunit vaccines are not contraindicated in people on this type of medicine. The live attenuated FluMist vaccine should not be given. ...Read more
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
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