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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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When if you get a flu shot does that protect you from developin flu like symptoms such as hiv?

When if you get a flu shot does that protect you from developin flu like symptoms  such as hiv?

Never!: The flu shot protects only against the flu (influenza is the full name) and no other infections, even if those infections can cause similar ("flu-like") symptoms. I hope that you are taking precautions to protect yourself from HIV ("safe" sex at all times, avoiding anonymous sex with partners you do not know, awareness of "post-exposure" prevention and "pre-exposure " prevention, etc). ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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