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Can I get better protection if I get 2 flu shots a couple of months apart?

Can I get better protection if I get 2 flu shots a couple of months apart?

Flu shots: Any person who has not had a flu shot needs 2 influenza vaccine injections one month apart. Otherwise, the current recommendation is for one flu shot every year. ...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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I am on 9 mg predezone. Your doctors say I can't get flu shot my dr says ok and will get protection?

I am on 9 mg predezone. Your doctors say I can't get flu shot my dr says ok and will get protection?

Prednisone: Prednisone is a corticosteroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. It also suppresses the immune system. Prednisone is used as an anti-inflammatory or an immunosuppressant medication. Prednisone treats many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. ...Read more

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What about babies that don't have protection b/c they haven't gotten both flu shots due to age? If a baby gets the flu do they typically get better?

What about babies that don't have protection b/c they haven't gotten both flu shots due to age?  If a baby gets the flu do they typically get better?

Most do: Flu can hit an any age and the outcome varies.We recommend that pregnant women get the flu injected vaccine during pregnancy so the antibodies she makes will be shared and protect baby in its early months. Those that come in close contact with a new baby should also get a flu shot,so they don't bring it to baby.Early recognition and care can lead to good outcomes if a baby gets flu. ...Read more

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The CDC recommends kids under 9 get 2 flu shots 30 days apart. My child got the European version (Istivac Junior). Does this guideline still apply?

The CDC recommends kids under 9 get 2 flu shots 30 days apart. My child got the European version (Istivac Junior). Does this guideline still apply?

Yes: The issue is less the vaccine producer than it is the flu protection itself. Flu is an evasive, difficult set of strains that cause death worldwide every year. When kids start their move toward protection, the immune system needs a strong push to get started. Data shows we get the most active protection for kids if they get started this way. ...Read more

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I accidently got two flu shots about 4 month apart? Is this dangerous for me?

I accidently got two flu shots about 4 month apart? Is this dangerous for me?

No worries: A second flu shot separated by 4 months should not have any increase in adverse effects... I assume too that this was some time in the past? If anything, you may be better protected by having an extra stimulation to your immune system. There is a HIGH DOSE flu shot out there for older folks - and that has 4 times the amount of antigens in it (kind of like getting 4 flu shots), so this is OK by me ...Read more

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Hello, forgot if flu shot was administered 2 months ago so wonder if ok to get it again (2 months apart) this is for an 18yr old boy?

Hello, forgot if flu shot was administered 2 months ago so wonder if ok to get it again (2 months apart) this is for an 18yr old boy?

Won't hurt: it won,t hurt and won,t do any harm. In fact, a flu vaccine given in July might not be the best fit for the 2014-15 season I recommend, if your son qualifies, the nasal spray since it provides stronger protection than the shot. Best time to vaccinate is late Sept.- early Oct. Go to HealthMapFinder to find where to take him. REMEMBER! Your whole family needs annual flu vaccine! ...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