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Can the flu shot cause seizures in adults? I had a seizure when I was 13 around the time I had a flu shot and was wondering if it could be related.

Can the flu shot cause seizures in adults? I had a seizure when I was 13 around the time I had a flu shot and was wondering if it could be related.

Depends on:: Do you have epilepsy? Or you just curious about what happened as an adolescent? Doubt the flu shot caused the seizure, and certainly if you suffered further seizures, the events would be due to other causes. ...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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Is it safe for me get a flu shot if I'm taking lamactil for seizures? Could it make my seizures worse?

Is it safe for me get a flu shot if I'm taking lamactil for seizures? Could it make my seizures worse?

Probably not: Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of the flu shot. At 38 you are not in a high risk category unless you work in a clinic or hospital or have exposure to a lot of people at another job. ...Read more

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I have been treated for hashimotos for 10 years. I got vaccines and a flu shot recently. Can this cause a fluctuation in my thyroid test results?

I have been treated for hashimotos for 10 years. I got vaccines and a flu shot recently. Can this cause a fluctuation in my thyroid test results?

Hashimoto thyroidi: Thyroid function tests can fluctuate by themselves. It should be transient. So glad you got the flu shot. It protects you against a subset of the flu strains out there. You are also protecting people around you, especially infants and the elderly from those same strains. ...Read more

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After my flu vaccine, I have this terrible flu and i took a flu pills called chlorpheniramine. Does that cause any side effect? Or any bad effect?

After my flu vaccine, I have this terrible flu and i took a flu pills called chlorpheniramine. Does that cause any side effect? Or any bad effect?

Probably not flu: If you're in the U.S., it's probably not flu. Flu vaccine can't give the flu, and there's very little flu in the U.S. Right now. Flu shots are given during cold season, so it's common to get a cold after you get the flu shot, just by coincidence. Chlorpheniramine is a an antihistamine used to treat allergies. It won't do much for a cold or a flu, other than to make you sleepy. Try a decongestant. ...Read more

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Do i need a flu vaccine going to china?

Do i need a flu vaccine going to china?

Yes: You will need seasonal vaccines like the flu shot plus others specific to the duration and areas involved in your visit.You can find corrent information at the cdc website.Go to www.Cdc.Gov/travel and put in your destination country to bring up the details. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a flu vaccine to my 10 month old ?

Is it safe to give a flu vaccine to my 10 month old ?

Yes: It has been found safe & effective as early as 6 months of age & less so earlier. This is possibly due to the interference of maternal antibodies passed through the placenta or just a weak response due to a young immune system the first time a kid has the flu vaccine in infancy a second dose is recommended a month later to help stimulate an adequate response. ...Read more

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Should I get a flu vaccine for myself, to protect my baby girl?

Should I get a flu vaccine for myself, to protect my baby girl?

Yes, if...: Your baby is still under 6 months of age. Infants do not get flu vaccine until 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Is it still recommended to get a flu shot and the swine flu vaccine?

H1N1 vaccine (swine): The most recent (last 2 yrs) have had the h1n1 strain as part of the regular flu shot in the us. There would be no benefit in seeking out older single strain h1n1. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


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