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Im having flu like symptoms, stuffed , runny nose, headaches , and fatigue. Should i still get the flu shot or is it to late?

Im having flu like symptoms, stuffed , runny nose, headaches , and fatigue. Should i still get the flu shot or is it to late?

Sorry, too late: The influenza vaccine that helps prevent influenza a and b takes about 10-14 days to become effective as it must stimulate the immune system to make protective antibodies. If current symptoms are not influenza, it is still a good idea to be vaccinated. A nasal swab can tell if you have influenza. An antiviral medication is available to treat influenza if given within 48 hours of symptoms. ...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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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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When can my child get the nasal spray flu vaccine?

When can my child get the nasal spray flu vaccine?

After 2: If there are no medical issues which preclude your child from using the nasal flu vaccine it is approved for ages 2 through 49. ...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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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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Dr. Corey Clay
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Rhinitis (Definition)

This is a symptomatic disorder of the nose characterized by inflamed nasal mucosa. Groupings of rhinitis exist triggered by infection, allergy, non-allergic triggers/exposure, meds, immune disorder, and/or structural problems in the nose. Symptoms can include itching, sneezing, congestion, watery/mucoid drainage, post-nasal drainage with sore throat, ear ...Read more


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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