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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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Dr. Mark Diamond
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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


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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, 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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Is the flu vaccine not working? I know drs urge it but if it doesn't work don't want to get it.

Is the flu vaccine not working? I know drs urge it but if it doesn't work don't want to get it.

The trouble with flu: Yearly, we have at least 6 flu strains circulating the globe. The drug makers use surveillance data to pick the 3-4 top strains in March, and rush to put that into a vaccine. More strains would weaken the protection provided by the vaccine to those strains included. By the fall/winter, newer strains can develop and air travel brings them to you. The vaccine helps, but cannot stop all flus. ...Read more

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I have never had a flu shot get the flu once a year. Are these super flus bring created by your vaccine eventually gonna get me and prob devour me ?

Odd question: There are no "super flu bugs" created by vaccines. Vaccines are derived from strains created in nature.Nature sometimes mutates a flu strain to such a degree that a major part of the world population has never had a similar flu and it may reek havoc, as it did near the end of WWI. Since you get the flu every year, you likely have some partial immunity to new strains and don't get it as bad as some ...Read more

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Is it possible to get the flu from the flu vaccine?

Is it possible to 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. ...Read more

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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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If you've had the flu, should you still get the flu vaccine?

If you've had the flu, should you still get the flu vaccine?

Yes.: Every flu season, there are at least 2 or 3 strains going around at different times. Flu vaccine can prevent you from getting the strain you haven't had yet. ...Read more

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Should I get the flu vaccine ?

Should I get the flu vaccine ?

Yes: Anyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu vaccination to help prevent catching influenza a or b, or the h1n1 swine flu. One can skip the vaccination if he is allergic to it. People at higher risk for severe influenza symptoms include pregnant women, the elderly, the immunosuppressed, asthmatics, young children and babies, etc... High-risk persons should definitely get vaccinated. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if the virulent, ...Read more