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Can a child with sickle cell disease get the flu vaccine?

Can a child with sickle cell disease get the flu vaccine?

Yes: People with sickle cell disease are at increased risk of severe complications of influenza and should recieve the yearly influenza vaccine unless otherwise contraindicated. ...Read more

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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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Does sickle cell trait have symptoms if you have a bad flu?

Does sickle cell trait have symptoms if you have a bad flu?

Not other than flu: Sickle cell trait does not cause usual symptoms associated with sickle cell disease (homozygous sickle cell, hemglobin s-hemoglobin c disease, and sickle cell/beta thalassemia). However, sickle cell trait patients may experieince bloody urine, and at a high altitude (like in colorado), vaso-occulisve crisis may occur. This may also occur under extreme heat and stress. ...Read more

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How many people get the flu vaccine every year?

How many people get the flu vaccine every year?

Not enough: According to the CDC, less than 40% of of people receive the flu shot. Although a less than very effective vaccine, it is still helpful in reducing the severity and duration of flu symptoms and could reduce the 36,000 people who die from the flu and its' complications every year in this country. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the real flu for a teenager who did get the flu vaccine?

What are the symptoms of the real flu for a teenager who did get the flu vaccine?

Fever, cough, aches: Influenza is characterized by the rapid onset of a fevers around 102, a non-productive, severe cough and marked body aches. Sometimes there can also be symptons of diarrhea with the recent h1n1, but less commonly with other influenza viruses. A flu shot is only 70% protective and immunity starts to decline 16 weeks after vaccination. ...Read more

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Should people that once had guillain barre syndrome get the flu vaccine?

Should people that once had guillain barre syndrome get the flu vaccine?

Maybe: There is some association of guillian-barre syndrome with prior immunizations. If the individual with this illness had it precipitated by influenza immunization, would avoid repeating this. If they had not been previously immunized it is not likely this would present a major risk in the future, and influenza can be a very bad illness. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get the flu vaccine while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to get the flu vaccine while breastfeeding?

Flu shot is safe: Breastfeeding women, who have had no problems with prior vaccinations, should get the annual flu shot. The vaccine helps prevent the women from catching the flu and bringing it home to their babies. Babies cannot get their first flu shot until 6 months of age (their second flu shot is a month after their first shot). ...Read more

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Who should get the flu vaccine and how often?

Who should get the flu vaccine and how often?

Anyone > 6m of age: The flu germ mutates every year & last years vaccine is not likely to help you more than that season.You place yourself at risk if you do not get a yearly flu shot. ...Read more

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How many people get the flu vaccine? What happens if you don't get it?

How many people get the flu vaccine? What happens if you don't get it?

Millions of people: Mllions of people of all age group get the Flu Vaccine every year to prevent them getting the Flu Those who do not get the vaccine are susceptible to get Flu when exposed to it ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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


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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more