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Does A Flu Shot Have Mercury In It
Multi-dose vial, yes: Thimerosal is a mercury based preservative that is in some vaccines, including flu shots packaged as a multi-dose vial. Individually packaged single-dose shots do not have preservatives. The nasal spray flu vaccine also does not contain thimerosal. The thimerosal in shots was a tiny amount, and has been removed from children's vaccines, but was not shown to be harmful to people receiving vaccines. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it true that the flu shot has a lot of mercury in it? Also, any chance it can give you flu like symptoms or the actual flu?
Flu vaccine : Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative. Some vaccines produced in multi-dose vials, have thimerosal to protect against contamination of the vial. Single-dose units are without thimerosal, because they are opened and used only once. The nasal spray vaccine, is also in single-dose units and doesn't have thimerosal. It's possible to get flu-like symptoms from vaccine, but actual flu is very rare ...Read more
Yes: See dr pizzo's response. But keep in mind that the type of mercury ( and there are safe and not safe types) in the shot has been demonstrated in many, many research studies to not have or cause any serious side effects in babies whereas the influenza infection can be deadly, causing unfortunately several thousands deaths in children per year. Do not be afraid. Get the shot! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Influenza vaccine is contraindicated in infants less than 6 months old, if you have a high fever, a moderate to severe acute illness, or if you have had a past severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Check insert: Regular flu shots carry a warning of egg allergy. The flu virus in routine shots is a dead virus so you can;t "get the flu" from the shot ( a common misunderstanding). The nasal flu vaccine is not a dead virus and is not recommended in pregnant women. As far as preservatives, or chemicals they vary from company to company. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Potential side effec: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
October: In the U.S., the best time to get a flu shot each fall is in October, which means September through November is fine. However, if one misses his shot at those times, it is still fine to get it anytime until the end of the flu season. The flu season ends at the end of winter (February-March). ...Read more
Flu isn't innocent: The flu shot is highly effective at preventing not only you from getting the flu, but from you spreading it about. Most who get the flu have high fevers, coughing, and vomiting and misery. A large group get pneumonia, and about 36k die in this country every year. Those with infants under 6mo have to get the shot so baby doesn't get it. Infants are especially susceptible to bad consequences. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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