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Can You Get Lupus From The Flu Shot
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
Is it ok for a lupus patient to recieve the flu vaccine? Or should I not get it? I am on only plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). My job is demanding me to get it as I am a rn
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
Adults: 1 medically compromised people 2 health and dental providers 3 adults ( more important as you get older) 4 day care providers 5. All adults not allergic to the vaccine. Pharmacies are now offering flu shots. The flu shot typically is formulated to prevent the most serious strain of the flu that the health profession is expecting this year. ...Read more
To avoid illness: During the season the flu affects a large volume of the population & causes upwards of 30 + deaths/yr in the us alone. The vaccine must change on a regular basis to keep up with mutations/variations in the flu strains that prevent prior illness from making you immune. The vaccine is effective in preventing the strains in the vaccine but may not cover every strain around. ...Read more
Yes: people who report illness after the flu most likely are experiencing their immune system revving up in response to the vaccine. Low grade fever aches, etc are not uncommon. It is NOT the flu, flu is an entirely different animal. High fever, severe aches and pains where it hurts to move, cough and other respiratory symptoms that can last weeks. It is a misery that is best avoided. ...Read more
Influenza vaccine: Most states allow for religious exemptions for vaccinations. Although influenza vaccinations might be required for some health care workers - I don't believe that influenza vaccination is usually mandated. However, I am not a lawyer - a lawyer may be able to give you a better response. ...Read more
Depends on strain: At any given time there are possibly as many as 6-7 strains of flu circulating in different parts of the world. The flu vaccine that is developed every year relies on international surveillance to select the 3 most common strains to be included in the vaccine. More than 3 diminishes the effectiveness.Air travel can bring any strain to your local & if exposed to a non- vaccine strain, u may get it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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