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Doctor insights on: Can You Take Ibuprofen With A Flu Shot

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Need doctor's help! should ibuprofen be taken right after getting a flu shot?

Need doctor's help! should ibuprofen be taken right after getting a flu shot?

Not necessarily: Only if it's painful afterwards. Most people don't need or take any pain medications. ...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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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

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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?

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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If i m having a reaction to a flu shot is it ok to take echinacea?

If i m having a reaction to a flu shot is it ok to take echinacea?

No: Despite its popularity, some recent studies of echinacea have not found that it helps. Commonly used when people get colds...There is no good clinical evidence for its use. If echinacea does have a benefit, many researchers feel that it has not been proven. ...Read more

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For how long would it take to develop swelling from a flu shot if you had a mastectomy on that side?

For how long would it take to develop swelling from a flu shot if you had a mastectomy on that side?

Post-mastectomy : If the mastectomy also took lymph nodes out of the armpit, the arm will always have a tendency to swell. You should avoid shots, blood drawing, blood pressure on that arm to try to not have swelling. If your arm is swollen, you can try elevating it over your head. Sleep with it up on a pillow. If swelling continues, your doctor can prescribe a fitted sleeve to help keep swelling under control. ...Read more

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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


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