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Can you get the flu after getting the flu shot in janurary. I had flu symptoms like normal but they stopped a few days later.

Can you get the flu after getting the flu shot in janurary. I had flu symptoms like normal but they stopped a few days later.

Influenza: The vaccine is not 100% effective, even when you are encountering the same strain contained in it. Flu-like symptoms may not be due to influenza, but to one of several other viruses. So your answer is yes. You can get both influenza and influenza look-a-likes after receiving the vaccine. You can also get a modulated illness with the strain contained in the vaccine. ...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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When should you get the flu shot this year?

When should you get the flu shot this year?

As soon as available: The seasonal flu vaccine will be effective within 2 weeks of administration & last all season regardless of when obtained.My office crew & i got ours in early august. ...Read more

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Why should you get the flu shot every year?

Why should you get the flu shot every year?

Different flu virus: It is a different strain of flu each year so the formulation is different each year and there are a lot af flu strains. ...Read more

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Need to know do you get the flu from the flu shot?

Need to know do you get the flu from the flu shot?

Not from injection: The injected flu vaccine is a killed derivative of flu germs. You cannot get flu from dead viruses.The nasal spray is a weakened flu germ & rarely someone can have a flu like process with that weakened material. ...Read more

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If you get the flu shot, what is the chance that you will get the flu?

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 more

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Can you still get the flu after having a flu shot?

Yes: There are many strains of flu circulating around the world at one time but to this point only three strains can be included in the vaccine. As long as there is international air travel, you can be exposed to a strain not in the vaccine, & get the flu because you are not protected. ...Read more

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Should everyone get the flu shot?

Should everyone get the flu shot?

Just about: everyone. It is not for infants younger than 6 months of age. "People who have experienced a severe (life threatening) allergy to a prior dose of an seasonal influenza vaccine" should not get the flu shot per the CDC. ...Read more

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Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

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 more

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Why should I get the flu shot this winter?

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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Influenza (Definition)

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


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