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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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What should you do if you get hives after a flu shot?

What should you do if you get hives after a flu shot?

Flu shot allergy: Take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to counteract the hypersensivity and relieve the itch. Consult your doctor to ascertain whether it's allergy to the influenza virus or to egg. If you experience trouble with your breathing, rush to the ed. ...Read more

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18 month old got her vaccines that were due and a flu shot 10 days ago. Now she is breaking out in hives. No symptoms or diet change. Related?

18 month old got her vaccines that were due and a flu shot 10 days ago.  Now she is breaking out in hives.  No symptoms or diet change.  Related?

Possible: It is usually not the killed virus itself but what may be added to the vaccine which can cause an allergic reaction. For example, some vaccines do contain small amount of gelatin to which a few people may have become allergic. ...Read more

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Can a flu shot cause any type of long term illnesses or autoimmune diseases?

Can a flu shot cause any type of long term illnesses or autoimmune diseases?

Yes: Although very uncommon, there are instances of Flu shots causing an autoimmune reaction like polyneuritis but recovery is often seen after some weeks or months. Considering the millions of people getting flu shots, such complications are quite rare. ...Read more

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Docs, could a flu shot cause a latex allergy?

Docs, could a flu shot cause a latex allergy?

No: No, since there is no latex in the shot. IF you have a true latex allergy, and IF the person who gave you the shot wore latex gloves that might have triggered a reaction. ...Read more

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Docs, could a flu shot cause a sore throat?

Docs, could a flu shot cause a sore throat?

Flu Vaccine: The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. Live Vaccine side effects can include: nasal congestion, sore throat > ...Read more

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Could dystonia be caused by a flu shot?

Could dystonia be caused by a flu shot?

Likely not: There are dedicated anti-vaccinationist and conspiracy theorists going crazy in our "immediate information" society fueled by youtube, facebook, twitter, etc. That want to disuade people from using vaccines for anything. It is hype, paranoia, and always agenda driven mostly by people who have no medical training whatsoever. The "1 in a million" case is always possible but not probable! use sense. ...Read more

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Does having a flu shot yr after yr can cause cancer in the future?

Does having a flu shot yr after yr can cause cancer in the future?

No: There is no association between receiving any vaccine and cancer development. In fact, the gardisil vaccine helps prevent cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Hives (Definition)

Also known as urticaria, hives are an outbreak of red bumps or wheals that appear quickly after exposure to certain allergens (foods, medications, other substances). Hives vary in size, are itchy, can burn, and can last for up to ...Read more