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Sore under arm after flu vaccine in same arm it was administered to?

Sore under arm after flu vaccine in same arm it was administered to?

Reaction to vaccine: Not unusual. As long as this gets better and disappears within a few days you should be fine. This is probably a lymph node enlarging in reaction to the vaccine stimulus, and doing its job appropriately. If it does not get better or seems worse then get to a doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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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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I did a flu vaccine and I can't sleep because the arm is sore. What should I do?

I did a flu vaccine and I can't sleep because the arm is sore. What should I do?

Tylenol, (acetaminophen) ice: Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like tylenol (acetaminophen) and right before going to bed apply ice wrapped in a towel on your arm (a bag of frozen peas works well) for about 10 minutes. The pain shouldn't last more than a day or two. ...Read more

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Who should get the flu vaccine and how often?

Who should get the flu vaccine and how often?

Anyone > 6m of age: The flu germ mutates every year & last years vaccine is not likely to help you more than that season.You place yourself at risk if you do not get a yearly flu shot. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get the flu with flu vaccine?

Is it possible to get the flu with flu vaccine?

Yes: If you have had one strain of the flu you may still benefit from receiving the vaccine to build up resistance to the other strains.If you had the flu last year, this years strains ale likely different and the newer flu shot will provide some benefit.Even if you had a strain that is in the vaccine, getting the shot won't hurt you. ...Read more

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How many people get the flu vaccine? What happens if you don't get it?

How many people get the flu vaccine? What happens if you don't get it?

Millions of people: Mllions of people of all age group get the Flu Vaccine every year to prevent them getting the Flu Those who do not get the vaccine are susceptible to get Flu when exposed to it ...Read more

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Should people that once had guillain barre syndrome get the flu vaccine?

Should people that once had guillain barre syndrome get the flu vaccine?

Maybe: There is some association of guillian-barre syndrome with prior immunizations. If the individual with this illness had it precipitated by influenza immunization, would avoid repeating this. If they had not been previously immunized it is not likely this would present a major risk in the future, and influenza can be a very bad illness. ...Read more

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Is it true that the flu vaccine only protects you from last years strain? Should i get the vaccine even if I have never had the flu before?

Is it true that the flu vaccine only protects you from last years strain? Should i get the vaccine even if I have never had the flu before?

Chasing the strains: The flu mutates often and at least 5-6 strains circle the globe at any one time.The flu vaccine is made up of 3-4 strains that cause the highest percentage of flu in the world during the jan-march period, representing the latest mutations.They are placed into closely monitored production and testing so a safe vaccine can be available in aug-sept. New strains will come along, but this protects most. ...Read more

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I have never had the flu vaccine ever in life, I now have to have it for nursing school, will I get sick since this will be mu fist dose of the shot?

I have never had the flu vaccine ever in life, I now have to have it for nursing school, will I get sick since this will be mu fist dose of the shot?

Hard to know: In my personal experience with giving flu shots to many people, some who have had them always and some who get the first one. You might experience a slight fever and achiness with the first shot, but if you get them every year the you don't notice anything. Consider this if you do get a little bit sick, it will not be anything like what you would feel if you get the actual flu. ...Read more

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Can I get the flu from the flu vaccine?

Can I get the flu from the flu vaccine?

No!: No, the flu shot is a dead vaccination and not able to pass infection. There is no live virus there to cause infection and therefore zero percent chance of this occuring. The nasal flu vaccine, on the other hand, is a live virus vaccine. However, it is engineered to die at body temperature and therefore not able to cause significant illness. It may cause runny nose and congestion but not full flu. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more