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Why should you get the flu shot every year?

Why should you get the flu shot every year?

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

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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Like to get the flu shot but is it available?

Yes: Influenza vaccine is currently available in New England. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Where can I get the flu shot without thimersal (south jersey)?

Where can I get the flu shot without thimersal (south jersey)?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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If you are allergic to penicillin, and you also not get the flu shot?

No relation: Being allergic to penicillin does not put the affected individual at risk to develop severe reaction to flu shot. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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. ...Read more

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Are doctors and nurses always required to get the flu shot?

Are doctors and nurses always required to get the flu shot?

Yes: Our institution strongly recommends, and data supports this as it reduces morbidity. ...Read more

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Do doctors get the flu shot for themselves and their children?

Do doctors get the flu shot for themselves and their children?

The flu shot is so: Important. I get mine early in the flu season each year and insure that each family member is vaccinated. Flu symptoms can be horrible and sometimes influenza infections can cause death. ...Read more

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I'm having surgery on friday. Should I get the flu shot now or wait till after the surgery?

I'm having surgery on friday. Should I get the flu shot now or wait till after the surgery?

Wait: I suggest to wait. Benefit of flu vaccine is marginal, but side effects and immune system demands of surgery are issues you do not want to have. ...Read more

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Can I get the flu shot if I'm on humira (adalimumab)?

Can I get the flu shot if I'm on humira (adalimumab)?

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

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Can a person with epilepsy get the flu shot?

Can a person with epilepsy get the flu shot?

No relationship: Here in the U.S., there is no reason for a person not to get a flu shot just because she has epilepsy, unless she had a prior epilepsy-related reaction to a previous flu shot. Epilepsy and flu shots are unrelated. ...Read more

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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