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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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Why should you get the flu shot every year?

Why should you get the flu shot every year?

Reality: The flu virus is well known for mutating frequently which makes prior vaccines less helpful. There are also 4-6+ strains circulating the globe at any point and air travel spreads them easily. Each year they pick the top 3-4 strains (by frequency) & put them into the shot. More would weaken strength for individual strains. If you get the shot every year (I do) you increase your chances for it to work ...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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If you get the flu shot, what is the chance that you will get the flu?

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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Like to get the flu shot but is it available?

Yes: Influenza vaccine is currently available in New England. ...Read more

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Am I too late to get the flu shot if everyone else in the house is already sick?

Am I too late to get the flu shot if everyone else in the house is already sick?

Yes & no: If they all have the flu you have likely been exposed enough to get that strain. It takes 2-3 weeks for the shot to stimulate enough protection to stop a flu. You can still get the shot, which could protect you from other strains later on. If any of them have flu your best defense is antiviral meds. (Tamiflu can help you stop or make it less intense) ...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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Who should get the flu shot over 30?

Who should get the flu shot over 30?

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

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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

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Should my baby get the flu shot every year?

Should my baby get the flu shot every year?

YES: The flu vaccine is an important part of the preventive care for children as well as adults. The younger the child (infants) the more serious influenza can be. If everyone were to get vaccinated for the flu there would be less influenza illnesses and deaths. ...Read more

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Is it okay that I get the flu shot this year?

Is it okay that I get the flu shot this year?

I did: I did, as I do every year, and have lived to tell you about it. So have millions of others. I ask is it ok to ride the subway (bart) in the winter with people coughing at you? If you live in a bubble you might not care to get one. ...Read more

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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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Where can I get the flu shot without thimersal (south jersey)?

Where can I get the flu shot without thimersal (south jersey)?

All over: The pooled flu vaccine, the one with ten doses per vial, contains thymerisol. The individually dosed flu vaccines (one dose per syringe) do not. Whether you go to a cvs or a doctor's office, ask for the one you want. Thymerisol, by the way, has not been shown in many years to harm anyone. ...Read more

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I get vary sick when I get the flu shot should I still get it?

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

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How horrible would things have been if I didn't get the flu shot?

Influenza: Can cause you to feel tremendously ill. Every year - there are people who have increased risk who die from the flu. I think that Flu shots are one of the best things around! ...Read more

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Why are do some people not get the flu shot for religious reasons?

Why are do some people not get the flu shot for religious reasons?

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

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If you are allergic to penicillin, and you also not get the flu shot?

No relation: Being allergic to penicillin does not put the affected individual at risk to develop severe reaction to flu shot. ...Read more

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Can my boyfriend still can get the flu shot with the smystoms he has?

Flu shot: If he has fever and body aches he may already have the flu. He should go see his doctor to see what he does have. Even if he has the flu now, when he is well it is still recommended to get your flu vaccine as their are other strains of flu. ...Read more

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Is it too late to have my kids get the flu shot or would there still be a need/benefit?

Is it too late to have my kids get the flu shot or would there still be a need/benefit?

Get flu vaccine now: Influenza activity is predicted to increase in the next couple of months, so getting the vaccine now will still be beneficial. This year has been a bit unusual, as influenza cases have been more prevalent, earlier than usual. We expect early 2013 to bring even more influenza activity. It's never to late to vaccinate. I had a teen with influenza a in july! He exposed an entire football camp. ...Read more

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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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Are there symptoms of the flu 48 hrs before you get the flu? If there are then what are they? I got my flu shot yesterday but my cousin was very sick

Are there symptoms of the flu 48 hrs before you get the flu? If there are then what are they? I got my flu shot yesterday but my cousin was very sick

Flu: Is like the common colds except you get fever and chills, bodyaches, muscleaches, headaches, fatigue. Response to flu vaccine varies with each individual person. ...Read more

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I had h2n3 during the 2012-2013 fu season. That’s the sickest I’ve ever been. I get the flu shot early but does that mean I have some natural immunity?

I had h2n3 during the 2012-2013 fu season. That’s the sickest I’ve ever been. I get the flu shot early but does that mean I have some natural immunity?

Could be true.: You may have some level of immunity against the H2N3 variant based on your illness with that variant back in the 2012-2013 season. There’s a bit of cross-immunity which may provide you a bit of immunity against similar strains, too. But it’s always good to get vaccinated anyway to really be safe. ...Read more

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How effective is the flu shot in the US? 10% this year? Is that an exaggeration because Australians don't normally get the flu shot. I am Australian. We only vax 10% of our kids. Is it possible the shot will be more effective in US since more get it.

How effective is the flu shot in the US? 10% this year? Is that an exaggeration because Australians don't normally get the flu shot. I am Australian. We only vax 10% of our kids. Is it possible the shot will be more effective in US since more get it.

Varies yearly: At any point at least 6 strains of flu circle the globe & air travel mixes it easily. Each season they pick the top 3-4 strains in the world & put a vaccine into production. More strains & it would weaken the strength for individual strains. US protection rates range from 20-60%/yr based on chance. I've had normal unvaccinated kids spend a month in the ICU near dying from the flu. I respect it. ...Read more

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Can I get the flu shot while on isotrentinoin?

Can I get the flu shot while on isotrentinoin?

Yes: Keep close contact with your prescribing physician and ask all your questions. Since you must be seen every month while taking this, you should have ample opportunity to review every single detail. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to get the flu shot while drinking?

It is possible but: I think any shot or treatment etc. Should be with held unless the person is not intoxicated and unable to understand why the shot is being given and cnsent for the same
as long as one is drinking and I smell the alcohol I refuse to give flu shot or any other treatment till the person is sober to understand the reason for flu or any other shot or treatment. Only exception is life saving emergency. ...Read more

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Are doctors and nurses always required to get the flu shot?

Are doctors and nurses always required to get the flu shot?

Yes: Our institution strongly recommends, and data supports this as it reduces morbidity. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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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