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Can You Catch The Flu From Someone Who Just Had The Flu Shot
Not usually: The're two kinds of flu vaccines. One is a weakened live virus vaccine given in a nasal form (nasal shot). There is a mild risk of getting the flu from someone who had a nasal flu shot, especially if those around have poor immune system. The other vaccine is made from particles of a dead virus. It is commonly given as a shot into the muscle. One and others around cannot get the flu from this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Maybe: There are different types if flu vaccine. The ones given with needles. ( shots ) are made of inactivated flu peices. These cannot produce disease therefore could not get you sick. Flumist is a nasal spray vaccine that contains live virus capable of spreading and causing you (or others) to rarely get sick as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Flu & basketball: Possibly. It all depends on whether the sick person (who is unwisely playing basketball) coughs on you, which is likely, particularly if you are guarding him or rebounding against him. I doubt that such a person would be wearing a mask. My advice would be to pass on the experience. ...Read more
Rare: If you develop a rash after vaccination with Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) it is best to cover the rash until the lesions have crusted over. The same virus causes shingles and chickenpox (Varicella Zoster). Zostavax contains weakened chickenpox virus. It would be possible (but rare) to infect someone who has never had chickenpox and who has a weak immune system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: Yes, it can be of value if your exposure did not give you the flu, since later exposures or different flu strains would be less worrisome. However, it takes about 2 wks for the vaccine to generate enough of an immune response to prevent it.So if you wait until after exposed, it wouldn't stop the progression to illness from that exposure. ...Read more
No: No. The flu shot does not always work so you may end up getting the flu despite getting the vaccine. Also the flu shot does not prevent you from getting a really bad cold. But the flu shot does help reduce your chances of getting the flu which at best is a miserable illness to have and at worst can result in hospitalization or death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: The flu shot is a killed vaccine. There is nothing live in it to cause the flu. You may experience temporary discomfort (muscle ache, redness, etc) for a few days afterwards, but this can happen with any vaccine. Flu shots are recommended for anyone over 6 months of age. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No!: No, the flu shot is a dead vaccination and not able to pass infection. There is no live virus there to cause infection and therefore zero percent chance of this occuring. The nasal flu vaccine, on the other hand, is a live virus vaccine. However, it is engineered to die at body temperature and therefore not able to cause significant illness. It may cause runny nose and congestion but not full flu. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: When the h1n1 vaccine (swine flu) was created in 2009, it was not included as a strain in the seasonal flu vaccine. So you could get it separately. However, every year since, that strain has been a part of the seasonal vaccine and is not available by itself. There are many strains of flu and each year the cdc picks 2 type a & 1 type b strain that were the most prevalent from the prior season. ...Read more
Test: The only way to know for sure is to do a nasal swab. ...Read more
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Can I catch pox/measles if I receive a letter from someone who was infected with one of these illnesses?
Unlikely: The measles virus is usually passed through direct contact with infectious droplets. It is unlikely that there would be enough virus on the letter to transmit an infection. Be sure you wash your hands thoroughly after reading the letter just to be safe and go to your doctor if you have any symptoms ...Read more
Dont come in contact: Only way you can protect yourself from flu without flu vaccine is have no contact with anybody who has flu.That means you don't go to work, dont ride on public transportation, dont fly and basically quarantine yourself from all known or not known people who may or may not have flu.If you are not immune sooner or later it will catch up with you if you get exposed be ready to nurse your influenza. ...Read more
Yes: ABSOLUTELY, ASTOUNDINGLY YES !!Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it possible to be imune from the flu virus ? Everyone in my family has had the flu but I have never had the flu.
Yes: You may be immune either from prior exposure without diagnosed infection, or may have previously received vaccine with the same or very similar strain of influenza virus that is affecting your family, or you could have been very cautious and not exposed, or you may have gotten it with minimal symptoms. Recommend yearly vaccination. ...Read more
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
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