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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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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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What should I do if I always get sick after getting the flu shot and my job requires me to have it?

What should I do if I always get sick after getting the flu shot and my job requires me to have it?

you do not get flu: First of all you do not get flu fromn flu vaccine as it is a killed virus vaccine and can not cause flu
and secondly flu vaccine is effective in preventing the major strain of flu that is expected to come in us in winter and cdc has been right about their prediction most of the time
if you get a little reaction from the ingedients in flu vaccine it will not be flu and will not last more than 2to3. ...Read more

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I've been getting very severe joint pain after getting the flu shot. I can't even move things sometimes. I get to the point of crying. Extremely painful.?

I've been getting very severe joint pain after getting the flu shot. I can't even move things sometimes. I get to the point of crying. Extremely painful.?

Can happen!: It is uncommon, but painful joints and arthritis sx can occur after a flu shot. Bear with it, because it is short lived. Low dose Prednisone (2.5-5mg) and nsaids should really improve your sx. Please do not less this "bad" experience keep you from getting vaccinated in the future. ...Read more

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Does getting the flu shot increase herd immunity? Should young, healthy people get it? I thought it was supposed to be for young children, pregnant women, and elderly people...? The "at-risk" population?

Does getting the flu shot increase herd immunity? Should young, healthy people get it? I thought it was supposed to be for young children, pregnant women, and elderly people...? The "at-risk" population?

Flu shot: Everyone should get an annual flu shot. Herd immunity increases the more people are vaccinated. This prevents diseases from spreading. While pregnant women, infants and the elderly are at higher risk of death from flu no one can be certain they won’t be a victim. Protect your self and others by getting vaccinated. ...Read more

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Had flu shot in mid november -- tested positive for influenza a after a very mild illness. How did I get the flu? Am 22 weeks pregnant.

Had flu shot in mid november -- tested positive for influenza a after a very mild illness. How did I get the flu? Am 22 weeks pregnant.

Aprox 80% effective: First the flu shot takes 3 weeks to build full immunity so next year take it late october this way when the season starts (nov in the ne) you are ready. Influenza affects about 20% of the population an the vaccine gives about 80% immunity if correctly paired to the current strain. In your case you did get flu but had some immunity since it was mild. Stay hydrated! ...Read more

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Can you feel a little ill/suppressed a couple days after getting the flu shot?

Mgt: After receiving the flu vaccine, you may feel a little bit achy, but if it lasts more than 48 hours, I would advise an evaluation. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I donate plasma after getting the flu shot?

Please tell me, could I donate plasma after getting the flu shot?

Killed or live: If you got injection of flu shot, you can donate at your pleasure. If you got nasal spray, it would be prudent to wait a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Will I be able to donate plasma after getting the flu shot?

Will I be able to donate plasma after getting the flu shot?

Shot, yes = killed..: But nasal will most likely have a brief waiting period as it is live-attenuated vaccine. ...Read more

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After getting the flu shot on the next day can I continue taking diet pills or do I need to wait?

After getting the flu shot on the next day can I continue taking diet pills or do I need to wait?

Perscription meds?: If you are talking about medication prescribed by your physician, yes. If your pills are over the counter, these may contain large amounts of caffeine - I'd advise holding off for at least one week. You need to eat a balanced diet, not fast after Immunizations, so if you are skipping meals on any type of Diet pill, this will not help you have a healthy immune system. ...Read more

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Help please? What helps when getting the flu shot?

Help please? What helps when getting the flu shot?

Are you afraid of: Shots? Before you get your flu shot, breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. This will help to calm/ relax you. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I am not sure if getting the flu shot is a necessity what are your thoughts?

Hello doctor, I am not sure if getting the flu shot is a necessity what are your thoughts?

Interesting question: Those with public exposure during flu season have a good chance of exposure ; getting the flu. If you have little public or social contact with others, you are at less risk. If you get it you will spread it. It is selective in its ability to kill some ; not others. We lost two pregnant ladies here one season in my town of 125, 000.I get it to avoid the disease ; avoid giving it to others. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism. Should I avoid getting the flu shot?

Flu shot: You should get a flu shot. The only people who should not are those allergic to eggs. ...Read more

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How important is getting the flu shot?

Agree w Dr. Krauser: If you get the flu you can feel miserable but there are some people who will die from it. ...Read more

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Hey docs, what helps when getting the flu shot?

This year's flu shot: Is a piece of cake. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or a NSAID if in pain. I sometimes use small acupuncture needles for a painful shot - which I don't consider the flu shot to be. ...Read more

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There are a couple benefits to not getting the flu shot (you have to admit). I think I know of one of them. Am I right? With the flu, I would prefer to risk getting it while I am young and healthy. I believe that when I am older, I will have more immuni

There are a couple benefits to not getting the flu shot (you have to admit). I think I know of one of them. Am I right? With the flu, I would prefer to risk getting it while I am young and healthy. I believe that when I am older, I will have more immuni

I: I disagree with you. The flu vaccine contains weakened or dead form of the virus. Your body recognizes the virus as an antigen and your immune system forms antibodies to fight the dead virus. That way, if your body is exposed to the flu virus, your body has already built immunity against the virus.
The fact is, each year, the flu virus mutates and has a different molecular form. The antibodies that your body built against the previous virus won't typically recognize and fight the new mutated virus. This is why getting the vaccine each season is highly recommended.
Getting vaccines is a wonderful way to build immunity in the body because your body develops antibodies based on the weakened virus within the vaccine.

Protecting yourself against the flu by getting the vaccine is also protecting your family, friends and community from getting the flu. If you do not catch the flu, then you cannot spread it to others. Also, if you do get the flu, it will likely be less severe than if you opted not to since your body has built immunity. Another item to consider is that influenza can be so severe to some people that it can cause severe respiratory distress, requiring admission to the hospital (such as with h1n1 flu) and mechanical ventilation.
The flu vaccine is highly recommended to protect against the illness....That and good handwashing. ...Read more

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Can getting the flu shot while pregnant harm your baby?

Can getting the flu shot while pregnant harm your baby?

Nope: Just the opposite, the flu shot protects the mom from influenza which between october to february can be serious enought to hospitalize pregnant women. It's highly recommended for all pregnant women during flu season. Make sure the inactivated type is used (not the nasal spray). Your doc should have summary sheets that give you more details. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from the pneumonia shot? Is it similar to getting the flu shot?

Different vaccine: Except for sore arm, little swelling and redness at the site of injection threr is no serious side effect most of the time.
There may be mild fever, drowsiness, irritability and loss of appetite
rare causes are anaphylaxis due to allergy, headaches, swollen glands, skin rash, seizures, palpitation, swollen glands, wheezing etc.
Pnumonia and flu vaccine are two different vaccines, and not at all similar. ...Read more

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What's the point of getting the flu shot if there hasn't been a flu outbreak the past 2 years?

U a gambler?: Preventive care, whether its a regular checkup or a flu shot is a simple bet. You decide not to risk a poorly timed bad illness/condition/flu by seeking vaccine or early detection at your convenience. I don't know? U live but flu was bad here last year & at any one time several strains are circling the globe thanks to asymptomatic carriers & international flights. Skip if u want, I get one yearly. ...Read more

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I’m anti-ro/ssa positive. Will getting the flu shot cause me to produce more auto antibodies?? Scared.

I’m anti-ro/ssa positive. Will getting the flu shot cause me to produce more auto antibodies?? Scared.

Unlikely: Research done so far is inconclusive and was for other auto-antibodies, no the ones you have. You will have to weigh risk vs benefit, I believe you would benefit from the vaccine, best wishes ...Read more

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Have low immune sys & wash a lot from ocd. Is the flu shot safe? I have tics, & pandas, so would getting the flu shot be dangerous or make tics worse?

Anxiety: Remember that this is an anxiety issue. Your concerns about the flu shot are ocd related. If you are avoiding a flu shot because of anxiety then you should get it asap. You probably should also get it asap for medical reasons. ...Read more

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How can a flu shot protect you from getting the flu?

How can a flu shot protect you from getting the flu?

Antibodies: The vaccine allow the production of antibodies (the good guys) in you that help to fight off the flu virus. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting the flu after having the flu shot?

What are the chances of getting the flu after having the flu shot?

Much less Likely: It is a physical impossibility to get the flu from the shot. Is the shot 100% effective to preventing getting the flu naturally-no. But your odds go way down. ...Read more

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Wats the odds of getting the flu if I haven't had a flu shot in five years?

Wats the odds of getting the flu if I haven't had a flu shot in five years?

Worse: Flu season has started early this year -- already 15% of tests are coming up positive for flu! The flu show may protect you against the predicted worst 3 flu types, and be sure to immunize yourself! It is hitting the hardest and fastest in the south. Georgia wll be the 6th state to have widespread flu soon! Get your flu shot! ...Read more

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How can a flu shot prevent one from getting the flu?

How can a flu shot prevent one from getting the flu?

Flu shot: Flu shots like other vaccines expose your body to either a partially killed or killed virus which triggers your immune system to make antibodies to it. If you get exposed to the virus later, your body is prepared and can rapidly mount an attack against it either preventing you from getting sick or greatly reducing the severity of the illness. ...Read more

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I had Gillian Barret 2 years ago and dr. Won't give me a flu shot. Wouldn't the shot be better than the risk of getting the flu?

I had Gillian Barret 2 years ago and dr. Won't give me a flu shot. Wouldn't the shot be better than the risk of getting the flu?

Guillain Barre: Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a disorder where a patient’s immune system goes haywire and attacks the peripheral nervous system. GBS can be triggered by vaccinations such as the influenza vaccine, tetanus shot, Hepatitis B vaccine, the Menactra® (MCV4) vaccine, the Gardasil® vaccine, and other vaccinations. ...Read more

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Ok so I have the influenza B virus had flu shot so has my 5 year old so if she did contract it would symptoms be milder?

Ok so I have the influenza B virus had flu shot so has my 5 year old so if she did contract it would symptoms be milder?

MAYBE: Every year a number of flu strains circle the globe and various sites keep track and report their activity. Vaccine makers pick 3-4 strains in early spring to put in the fall shot, based on those with the most activity. Too many strains would weaken the individual strength against each strain. With luck, the vaccine will boost general flu immunity enough to make it mild for those who get it anyway ...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