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Can I have a flu shot in the thigh?

Can I have a flu shot in the thigh?

Yes.: It may not be as effective though. The shot is meant to be delivered into muscle, and depending on your fat distribution, the thigh may have a thicker layer of fat that prevents the needle from reaching the muscle. ...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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Flu shot on sat, low fever, weakness, pin pricks in hands and feet. Subsided now have severe thigh pain when i walk. Dr. Looked for gbs and does not think. Could this be gbs? Wants me to see neuro.

Flu shot on sat, low fever, weakness, pin pricks in hands and feet.  Subsided now have severe thigh pain when i walk. Dr. Looked for gbs and does not think. Could this be gbs? Wants me to see neuro.

2nd opinion: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Thigh muscles ache/twitch after flu shot 4 days ago. Took blood labs no abnormalities. Neuro test reflexes/strength successfully. Told to rest legs and drink plenty of fluids, in 2 weeks emg. Opinions?

Thigh muscles ache/twitch after flu shot 4 days ago. Took blood labs no abnormalities. Neuro test reflexes/strength successfully. Told to rest legs and drink plenty of fluids, in 2 weeks emg. Opinions?

Sounds accurate: Cannot imagine a neurologic reaction to flu vaccine except that there have been some cases of guillion-barre syndrome (a form of ascending paralysis) associated rarely with vaccinations. The recommendation you received is good as long as you follow up quickly if you are not getting better and definitely if you develop any other symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a severe allergy to eggs and penicillin. Can I have a flu shot?

I have a severe allergy to eggs and penicillin. Can I have a flu shot?

Yes, with caution: Penicillin allergy has no relevance to influenza vaccine. Egg allergy is not a problem if reaction was limited to hives. If the reaction was anaphylaxis and near death, then most allergists would be cautious. Skin testing with the vaccine has not been found to predict an allergic reaction. Approaches include administration of 10% of the dose then 90% or just not receive it. See an allergist. ...Read more

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Been off Depo-Provera since October 15th, it's October 26th today. I've had diahhrea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs. I have a flu shot.. Is this pregnancy ?

Been off Depo-Provera since October 15th, it's October 26th today. I've had diahhrea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs. I have a flu shot.. Is this pregnancy ?

Pregnancy is when...: ....you're pregnant. Symptoms of diarrhea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs after a flu shot more likely mean you've got. ...well, diarrhea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs! HA! What you really need is to purchase a pregnancy test from the pharmacy (or gas station), follow the instructions, & let us know whether it's "Congratulations" or "He best not leave that nice car anywhere where I can see it!" ...Read more

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Do u have to have a flu shot if someone in ur family is takin chemotherapy?

Do u have to have a flu shot if someone in ur family is takin chemotherapy?

Please do!: You really should! no one will force you to have a flu shot, but you are protecting your family member. The goal of flu shots is "herd immunity"-- if almost everyone is vaccinated, very few can get the flu and transmit it to others. The flu can kill someone with a weak immune system if you pass it on to them even if you don't get very sick yourself! ...Read more

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Why i can't have a flu shot since i had guillian- barre syndrome ?

Why i can't have a flu shot since i had guillian- barre  syndrome ?

Precautionary : No one knows exactly what causes guillain-barre syndrome or why some people get it and other do not. Most people who get guillain-barre syndrome do so after having a bacterial or viral infection. In some cases, it has been connected to certain immunizations, such as the flu vaccine, and can even occur spontaneously. ...Read more

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Can you have a flu shot while taking prednisone?

Can you have a flu shot while taking prednisone?

Yes you can: Yes you can there is no contraindication to it. ...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