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How long should I wait before taking Advil (ibuprofen) after the flu shot?

How long should I wait before taking Advil (ibuprofen) after the flu shot?

Doesn't matter: The advil (ibuprofen) will not make any significant difference in the way the flu shot builds protection for you. Take it if you feel the need. ...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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Is it true that it can take up to a month before the positive effects of the flu shot take their full effect?

Influenza vaccine: Usually effective within 10-14 days, but in some persons it is conceivable that it may take longer. Still, not a reason not to be vaccinated. ...Read more

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Can I take the flu shot while lactating?

Can I take the flu shot while lactating?

Flu shot&breastfeed: Yes u can take the inactivated split virus vaccine. You should protect urself form flu if you can wehen u have a young baby as if hte baby gets sick form u if u have the flu, ur baby could get sicker than u. ...Read more

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Have gone through chemo for nonhodgkins lymphoma should I take the flu shot?

Have gone through chemo for nonhodgkins lymphoma should I take the flu shot?

Yes: Flu shot has killed virus and will not do any harm unless you are allergic to eggs. Please note that flu shot is not 100% effective even in normal people and your response may be even less, still having said all that, it is important the you take the flu shot. If you have not taken pneumonia vaccination, and shingles vaccine, you should take those also.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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I have had allergic reactions to the MMR and the tdap as an adult. Iam still experiencing symptoms from the tdap. It is mandatory to have take the flu shot where I work. I am also being treated for an unusual scalp lesion that will not heal for the last

Speak with Doctor: You cannot be forced to take the flu shot. Though it is much safer to be vaccinated against influenza than to contract this deadly virus, you can speak with your primary care doctor who can help you to advise your employer of your decision not to get the flu shot. ...Read more

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Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant? During pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding? Why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant? During pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding? Why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Death or disability: We lost 2 pregnant moms during the 2009 flu outbreak in my medium sized town. Flu is potentially deadly during pregnancy and the inactivated flu injection can help you avoid it. ...Read more

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If you have had adverse reactions to the hep b vaccine, the MMR vaccine and the tdap should you take the flu shot?

If you have had adverse reactions to the hep b vaccine, the MMR vaccine and the tdap should you take the flu shot?

Depends: Talk to you doctor, or explain the rash here on health tap with more detail. Some reactions mean you should not get certain vaccines. Other reactions may mean you need to bake some Ibuprofen and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) before the vaccine (or other meds depending). Let us know exactly what you reactions were. ...Read more

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I have a fever -100-101.5 degrees. Began yesterday. No other symptoms. No flu shot this season. Should I be concerned? Will advil (ibuprofen) prolong the fever?

Viral Illness?: It is probably a viral illess and you can take advil (ibuprofen) for fever or pain
No advil (ibuprofen) will not prolong itBut if you feel worse or don't feel better see your doctor ...Read more

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Can the flu shot cause the flu?

Can the flu shot cause the flu?

No: No. The virus in the vaccine is not a live virus and cannot cause the flu. ...Read more

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What does the flu shot protect?

What does the flu shot protect?

Not much: The flu shot is supposed to build antibodies to different strains of flu virus in the hopes that it will offer cross protection to the current strains. It contains other contaminants that can be toxic. I am not a fan of the flu shot. Other physicians may have a different experience. ...Read more

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Can the flu shot cause sickness?

Can the flu shot cause sickness?

Influenza vaccine: Flu shot side effects may include: slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. If headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain occur they usually resolve within one to two days. You won't get the flu from a flu shot because the virus either contains inactivated virus or doesn't have virus particles in it. Severe side effects are rare. ...Read more

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When should the flu shot wear off?

When should the flu shot wear off?

You should get: A new flu shot every year - as it will target different virus strains/ mutations. ...Read more

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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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Can you give your child the flu shot?

Can you give your child the flu shot?

Certainly yes: Any child 6 months or older has the first priority to receive flu shot. ...Read more

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Should I give my children the flu shot?

Should I give my children the flu shot?

I do.: It really upsets me to see my children feeling miserable. I want to protect them. ...Read more

Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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