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If you had a flu shot can you still get the flu?

If you had a flu shot can you still get the flu?

That is possible.: However if you have been vaccinated ; get influenza it is likely to be much milder then it would had you not gotten the shot. ...Read more

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 still get sick if you've had your flu shot?

Can you still get sick if you've had your flu shot?

A/W Dr. Ferguson: You may or not be protected against that particular strain. It usually takes 2 weeks to be effective. If you do get it - it is usually attenuated if strain you were vaccinated against. ...Read more

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If you've had the flu, should you still get the flu vaccine?

If you've had the flu, should you still get the flu vaccine?

Yes.: Every flu season, there are at least 2 or 3 strains going around at different times. Flu vaccine can prevent you from getting the strain you haven't had yet. ...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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Can you get sick with the flu shot?

Can you get sick with the flu shot?

Not with the flu: You may experience flu-like symptoms while your body's immune system is responding to the vaccine challenge, but the vaccines usually are a killed virus (there is a weakened live virus form available to healthy persons between 2-49 y/o). ...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've gotten swine flu once, can you get it again?

If you've gotten swine flu once, can you get it again?

Unlikely.: The strain really has not changed enough to evade immune response from people who have had it. ...Read more

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Can i still get sick with the flu shot?

Can i still get sick with the flu shot?

Confusing question: Not all strains of flu make it into the vaccine so some may get a flu from one of these other strains even if they got a "flu" shot early on. You can also have a mild to moderate systemic reaction to the vaccine if you are allergic to eggs or any other component in the vaccine. Last but not least, you can get ill from something unrelated to the flu shot that you were incubating when you got it. ...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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Can you get the flu even though you had gotten the vaccine?

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
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Can you get the flu even though you had gotten the vaccine?

Yes: Not everybody develops an adequate immune response to the vaccine, you may be infected with a different strain of virus than the one contained in the vaccine, or you may have an influenzal-like illness which is unrelated to the virus. ...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?

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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After already having swine flu do you still need the shot?

After already having swine flu do you still need the shot?

Yes.: Different strains of the influenza virus pop up every year. The flu vaccine is designed to protect people from the particular strain of flu that will be prevalent each flu season. For this reason, it is a good idea to get the flu vaccine every year. ...Read more

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Can the flu shot make you feel sick or sore after after you get it?

Can the flu shot make you feel sick or sore after after you get it?

It can: A small percentage of individuals who receive the flu vaccine will develop a mild flu like illness lasting 2 or 3 days. ...Read more

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Can you actually get sick after a flu shot?

Side effects: The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people have had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant if you have unprotected sex the day you're supposed to get your Depo-Provera shot, but you don't get it until the following week?

Can you get pregnant if you have unprotected sex the day you're supposed to get your Depo-Provera shot, but you don't get it until the following week?

Depoprovera: If you were already on Depoprovera before then there should be no interruption in the contraceptive effects. Most studies show the next Depo can be given up to 2 weeks late without decreasing its effects. Next time just get it on time though or consider switching to an easier method such as an IUD or Nexplanon ...Read more

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

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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Can you still get the flu even if u had flu shot? Hole house is sick and kids had it and not as sick and no high fever like me and hubby 102

Can you still get the flu even if u had flu shot? Hole house is sick and kids had it and not as sick and no high fever like me and hubby 102

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 3-4 most common strains to be included in the vaccine.Air travel can bring any strain to your local ; if exposed to a non- vaccine strain, u may get it.Ofc test can confirm it. ...Read more

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Im having flu like symptoms, stuffed , runny nose, headaches , and fatigue. Should i still get the flu shot or is it to late?

Im having flu like symptoms, stuffed , runny nose, headaches , and fatigue. Should i still get the flu shot or is it to late?

Sorry, too late: The influenza vaccine that helps prevent influenza a and b takes about 10-14 days to become effective as it must stimulate the immune system to make protective antibodies. If current symptoms are not influenza, it is still a good idea to be vaccinated. A nasal swab can tell if you have influenza. An antiviral medication is available to treat influenza if given within 48 hours of symptoms. ...Read more

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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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If you had a flu shot can you still get the flu?

That is possible.: However if you have been vaccinated ; get influenza it is likely to be much milder then it would had you not gotten the 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 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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I've already had the flu this season. Should i still get a flu shot anyway? If i've already had the flu, should I get the flu shot too? Is there a chance i might get it again if i don't have the shot? .

The : The flu vaccine is different each year. A great deal of research goes into determing what viruses are likely to be a problem each year. So you could develop one type of viral infection (including influenza), but it may not be the same strain of influenza that you would be vaccinated against. So, yes, it can be helpful. ...Read more

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Hi I'm asking this for my mom my mom got the flu shot Can someone who had a flu shot still get the flu.?

Hi I'm asking this for my mom my mom got the flu shot  Can someone who had a flu shot still get the flu.?

Yes: The flu shot is not 100% protective for everyone, and if the virus mutates during the course of the year, then the shot may not be effective. ...Read more

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Every year I go get the flu shot. However I always get high fever for 2 days afterwards and it interferes with work. Is it still worth it to get?

Every year I go get the flu shot. However I always get high fever for 2 days afterwards and it interferes with work. Is it still worth it to get?

Yes: Try taking Tylenol and/or Ibuprofen about four hours prior shot then on regular basis for 24-48hrs after. This may help prevent or reduce your post vaccination fever. ...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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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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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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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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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