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Can you get a flu shot while taking cimzia (certolizumab pegol)?

Can you get a flu shot while taking cimzia (certolizumab pegol)?

Rule: A good rule of thumb is to avoid live vaccinations such the nasal flu vaccine while taking a biologic response modifier (cimzia, enbrel, etc.). The flu shot is not a live vaccine. Another good rule would be to try to have all vaccines up to date before starting a biologic drug. ...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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Can you get a flu shot if you have a cold?

Can you get a flu shot if you have a cold?

Yes: But we usually delay if associated with substantial fever. Hope your cold is better. ...Read more

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What happens when you get a flu shot right after you have a epidural? I forgot i had to wait 2 weeks after the epidural and got it today, 6 days after epidural. What could i expect to happen?

What happens when you get a flu shot right after you have a epidural? I forgot i had to wait 2 weeks after the epidural and got it today, 6 days after epidural.  What could i expect to happen?

Diminished response: If you had an epidural injection for pain mgmt then most likely you received a steroid. There will be some systemic adsorption of the steroid. Steroids will in general blunt the bodies immune response. Therefore you might expect some diminished response to the flu vaccine potentially. ...Read more

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When should you get a flu shot as healthy 40 yr old man?

When should you get a flu shot as healthy 40 yr old man?

As soon as available: The new vaccine for a given flu season will protect you against the strains in the vaccine for the whole season no matter when you get it.I got mine 2 months ago. Waiting until november or so only increases your risks of getting the flu if it comes through earlier. ...Read more

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How soon after a tetanus shot can you get a flu shot?

How soon after a tetanus shot can you get a flu shot?

Anytime: The tetanus and flu shots can be given any time in relation to each other. ...Read more

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Why is it important to get a flu shot?

Flu isn't innocent: The flu shot is highly effective at preventing not only you from getting the flu, but from you spreading it about. Most who get the flu have high fevers, coughing, and vomiting and misery. A large group get pneumonia, and about 36k die in this country every year. Those with infants under 6mo have to get the shot so baby doesn't get it. Infants are especially susceptible to bad consequences. ...Read more

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I have diabetes. Should I get a flu shot?

I have diabetes. Should I get a flu shot?

Yes: Diabetes decreases your immune system's ability to fight infection. If you were to get the flu you could get sick enough to be hospitalized. You should get the flu shot. ...Read more

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When should I get a flu shot if I have a cold?

When should I get a flu shot if I have a cold?

As soon as you can.: Influenza vaccine is contraindicated in infants less than 6 months old, if you have a high fever, a moderate to severe acute illness, or if you have had a past severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. ...Read more

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When is it too late in the season to get a flu shot?

Well: It's never "too late" to get one, but the 2013-2014 season's vaccines should be coming out right about now, depending where you are, so you're just a little early actually. ...Read more

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How important is it to get a flu shot in assisted living?

How important is it to get a flu shot in assisted living?

VERY: This is a most vulnerable population and it is critical they are vaccinated. ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

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