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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 i get my 7 month old baby the swine flu shot ?

Can i get my 7 month old baby the swine flu shot ?

Yes: It is part of the current flu shot. There is a special formulation for kids under 3yo and 2 doses a month apart provide the best protection the first year the shot is given. ...Read more

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Can a person get the swine flu shot and not get the regular the seasonal flu shot?

Can a person get the swine flu shot  and not get the regular the seasonal flu shot?

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

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I have never had a flu shot in my life and when I was 11 or 12 I got the swine flu is it possible to get it again ?

I have never had a flu shot in my life and when I was 11 or 12 I got the swine flu is it possible to get it again ?

Yes: The "flu" you had when you were 11 or 12 may not have been the swine flu but some other flu looking like swine flu. Call your family physician and set up a flu shot when the season is appropriate in your part of Texas. Flu shots are safe & effective & good insurance for not becoming ill. ...Read more

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Is 98 nomal i got the flu shot but i got a cold do I have the swine flu because of the shot i think cold sytoms but why is it normal to get sick?

Is 98 nomal i got the flu shot but i got a cold do I have the swine flu because of the shot i think cold sytoms but why is it normal to get sick?

Symptoms: Sometimes you get the same symptoms as the actual diseaea with vaccination , sometimes you get infected with a different strain of virus than the one in the vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it still recommended to get a flu shot and the swine flu vaccine?

Is it still recommended to get a flu shot and the swine flu vaccine?

H1N1 vaccine (swine): The most recent (last 2 yrs) have had the h1n1 strain as part of the regular flu shot in the us. There would be no benefit in seeking out older single strain h1n1. ...Read more

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I would like multiple opinions for this question. Do you trust the swine flu shot? I got swine flu and it was not fun!

I would like multiple opinions for this question. Do you trust the swine flu shot? I got swine flu and it was not fun!

Yearly flu shot: We recommend annual influenza vaccines for everyone six months of age and older. Influenza is never fun, and can be quite serious or deadly. The flu strains circulating change every year and the vaccines also change according to what's been circulating. So please get vaccinated every year! ...Read more

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What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

Swine flu revisited: Swine flu is one of the flu variants that has developed over the last 5-10 years. It just as contagious as the regular flu.As a matter of fact it is a component of this years flu shot and we considerate to be about 85percent effective. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if the h1n1 (swine flu) vaccine is the only flu shot available now?

Can someone tell me if the h1n1 (swine flu) vaccine is the only flu shot available now?

Confusing question: The h1n1 is one of three or four strains in the flu vaccine prepared for the 2013-2014 season. It is also the predominant strain responsible for most serious cases of flu this year. The single strain h1n1 flu vaccine was only produces during the 2009 season when the strain emerged in the preseason(april) but was not in the regular vaccine produced that year. ...Read more

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Could you think the swine flu vaccine is safe (as in you won't die if you get the shot?

Could you think the swine flu vaccine is safe (as in you won't die if you get the shot?

Think what you will: I believe in it and got it in september when it came in, just like I do every year. There has already been 4 flu deaths in texas this year from flu, and it looks to be a bad season.The vaccine haters spread lots of rumors, but to me the flu is real and deadly, the vaccine is safe. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with taking swine flu shots?

What side effects are associated with taking swine flu shots?

Site redness: The most common side effects of the swine flu,or H1N1, vaccination is redness or swelling at the injection site. The vaccine is a killed virus and, contrary to rumor and internet conspiracy theories, you cannot get the flu from a killed virus. A small percentage of people are allergic to the egg yolk material used to make the vaccine, or other components. For most, perfectly safe. ...Read more

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What are reasons why not to get the swine flu vaccine?

What are reasons why not to get the swine flu vaccine?

Vaccinations: Don't get the FLU shot w/o consulting w a DR if you have had Guillain- Barre Syndrome, a history of severe allergic reactions to previous influenza vaccine or chicken eggs, have a current fever (moderate to severe) or are less than 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Can i get the swine flu jab for my 9 month old seeing as tho i suffer with severe asthma?

Can i get the swine flu jab for my 9 month old seeing as tho i suffer with severe asthma?

Yes: Your asthma history has no impact on your 9 mo kids need for or benefit from the vaccine.It will not increase babies risk. In fact, having asthma is good reason to get the vaccine if you never consider it. Having the flu can be much worse for asthmatics. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis. Should I get the swine flu vaccination tomorrow?

I have bronchitis. Should I get the swine flu vaccination tomorrow?

Ok if not too ill: Mild illnesses need not cause one to postpone a flu shot. The current flu shot contains protection against h1n1 flu, another flu a, and a flu b. It is ok for a person with mild bronchitis to get the flu shot, if he has not other medical reasons for not getting the shot. ...Read more

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Do you have to be at least 14 weeks pregnant to get the swine flu vaccine?

Do you have to be at least 14 weeks pregnant to get the swine flu vaccine?

No: Recent studies have shown that h1n1 vaccine is safe at any stage of pregnancy. However, as a general it would be safer to not expose the fetus to extraneous issues before 12 weeks of gestation. ...Read more

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How is it that I can get the h1n1 swine flu vaccine if I have an egg allergy?

How is it that I can get the h1n1 swine flu vaccine if I have an egg allergy?

No egg in vaccine: Viruses used to make influenza & MMR vaccines are grown on hen's eggs. The manufacturing process removes all egg from mmr. A few lots of flu vaccine retain traces of egg & may cause problems in patients with egg anaphylaxis. Most such patients can receive flu vaccine with appropriate safety measures either skin testing to vaccine before injection or vaccinating in 2 doses, the 1st a low test dose. ...Read more

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What are the odds an asthmatic 15 year old will get autism after swine flu vaccine?

Zero: Regardless of the claims of vaccine haters, this is bunk. The injected flu vaccine is a non living material that stimulates the production of antibodies to specific strains of flu. The worst flu vaccine debacle of years past, occured in ~1977 with a vaccine rushed to production without today's safeguards. Gillian- barre syndrome occurred in some. Today's flu vaccines are safe and effective. ...Read more

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Can i get the flu shot if i'm on humira (adalimumab)?

Yes: Inactivated or subunit vaccines are not contraindicated in people on this type of medicine. The live attenuated FluMist vaccine should not be given. ...Read more

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