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What does it mean if I have arthritis flare up after flu shot?

What does it mean if I have arthritis flare up after flu shot?

Active immune system: The flu shot activates your immune system. This can cause a reactive arthritis in some people. It will usually go away on its own but may come back with other shots. If it does not go away on its own you should see a rheumatologist. There is always the possibility that instead of a reaction to the shot it is the start of an arthritis disease. ...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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Can II get flu shot with rheumatoid arthritis?

Can II get flu shot with rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: I would recommend you to "protect" yourself with homeopathic medicine that should be taken before and after the any immunization. This will help your body to respond appropriately to the immunization and avoid reaction to foreign protein that is the part of any vaccine. Look for medical practitioner who practices homeopathy in your area or call my office 212-675-9355. ...Read more

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I've started having nocturnal fevers of 100 -101. Before this started I did have a flu shot. I do have COPD and arthritis?

I've started having nocturnal fevers of 100 -101. Before this started I did have a flu shot. I do have COPD and arthritis?

Many possibilities..: If you also have a cough productive of discolored sputum, shortness of breath, chest pain that increases with inhalation, etc. Then you could have pneumonia. If you also have night sweats and TB exposure, then TB is a possibility. If there are no other symptoms and your flu shot was recent, then that could be the cause. If it continues, see your doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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early rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. has me taking 2 Aleve (naproxen) twice a day no other drugs yet. Is it safe to get flu shot without making joints ache more!

early rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. has me taking 2 Aleve (naproxen) twice a day no other drugs yet. Is it safe to get flu shot without making joints ache more!

Flu shot safe: The flu shot is safe and MUCH safer than not being protected against the flu. Hope you are seeing a Rheumatologist because if you really have Rheumatoid Arthritis, even if early you need more than Aleve (naproxen) twice a day. If you are not seeing a Rheumtologist, please see one. ...Read more

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Have had chest infections problems since October had flu jab non smoker but have asthma GERD arthritis ckd now hVe what seems like fluorescent urine?

Have had chest infections problems since October had flu jab non smoker but have asthma GERD arthritis ckd now hVe what seems like fluorescent urine?

Need good physician: With your multiple medical problems, each of which should be manageable, and your multiple medications, you need a single competent primary care physician to supervise you and offer the reassurance and guidance about a hanging-on chest cold (?) that we can't. "Fluorescent urine" is almost always medication or food coloring -- taking vitamin B2? ...Read more

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When is best time for flu shot?

When is best time for flu shot?

As soon as it: Becomes available. I know FluMist is available already and the shots shoud be also available shortly. Call your doctor to see if he/ahe has it. ...Read more

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Can the intradermal flu shot be painless?

Quite Possibly.: Per the cdc, the intradermal shot uses less antigen ; a much smaller needle. So yes - it may be painless for some people. ...Read more

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Is there a different kind of flu shot for people over 70?

Yes (65 & older): The high dose influenza vaccine can be used for people who are 65 and older. Recent studies indicated that it was 24.2% more effective in preventing influenza in this population. ...Read more

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My 12 months baby got an adult flu shot and a baby flu shot?

My 12 months baby got an adult flu shot and a baby flu shot?

Oops!: I assume this was an error. Injectable flu vaccine is a killed virus vaccine. Your baby will not get the flu from it. Because there is more antigen in the adult form of vaccine your baby may have more antibody response--fever, aches, fussiness.
If your baby got a multidose vial flu it was likely preserved with some thimerosol. This has a little mercury in it. I would talk to the dr about that. ...Read more

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How safe is a flu shot?

How safe is a flu shot?

Very!!: Although side effects can occur, such as fever, soreness, occasional achiness, and theoretically very rare more serious problems, it is much safer than being infected with the potential side effects of the infection, up to and including death! Immunize, immunize, immunize. ...Read more

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Should I get a flu shot?

Should I get a flu shot?

Your decision: If you belong to a vulnerable health group, such as elderly (65+) or/and have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, immune system disorder, asthma or any lung condition, you should get vaccinated. Also, if you liver or care for people with above conditions and they may catch it from you, you want to protect them by getting the shot. Otherwise, it is your decision. ...Read more

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When was my last flu shot?

When was my last flu shot?

Ask your doctor: We do not have your medical records. You should keep track of your immunizations, ...Read more

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When should I get flu shot?

When should I get flu shot?

NOW!: Get it as soon as possible when available. Winter is flu season but according to the cdc when it occurs ; how long it lasts is variable. Sometimes flu outbreaks can begin as early as october. Over the last 30 years the peak flu month has most often been february. ...Read more

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How do you give a flu shot?

How do you give a flu shot?

Needle size: Good point on the length of the needle. I have seen offices use the 5/8" needle which is way too short to get into the muscle. You must use at least a 1" needle depending on the person you are injecting. ...Read more

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Why should I get a flu shot?

Why should I get a flu shot?

Because getting the: Flu can make you feel REALLY MISERABLE. ...Read more

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Can I get flu from flu shot?

Can I get flu from flu shot?

No: A resounding no. The fever or occasional symptoms are a consequence of the immune system reacting to the vaccine. Not any infection. ...Read more

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Fever 2 days after flu shot?

Fever 2 days after flu shot?

Not uncommon: Fever is a sometimes unpleasant side effect of the flu shot (and most vaccines). Good news is your body's responding appropriately and your immune system is working. If the fever lasts more than 24 hrs or your having other side effects, it doesn't hurt to let your doc know. Otherwise, it'll go away on its own. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Does drinking affect flu shot?

Does drinking affect flu shot?

Drinking what?: There isn't any drink that one can buy at the grocery store or liquor store that will alter the effectiveness of a flu shot. The only things would be medications such as prednisone syrup from the pharmacy. So, if one is drinking prednisone syrup or other immunosuppressant drugs, let the doctor know so he can adjust the timing of the flu shot in case the shot should be done earlier or later. ...Read more

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Can the flu shot cause the flu?

Can the flu shot cause the flu?

No: No. The virus in the vaccine is not a live virus and cannot cause the flu. ...Read more

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What does the flu shot protect?

What does the flu shot protect?

Not much: The flu shot is supposed to build antibodies to different strains of flu virus in the hopes that it will offer cross protection to the current strains. It contains other contaminants that can be toxic. I am not a fan of the flu shot. Other physicians may have a different experience. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more