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Effect Flu Shot
I got the flu shot Wednesday. I have noticed that I now have a painful lump under my arm that wasn't there until I got the shot. Is this a common side effect of the flu shot?
Uncommon not harmful: It's not a common side effect, but it probably indeed is due to inflammation from the immunization. In a way, this is good: it indicates your immune system is responding and you should be well protected from influenza. It should clear up soon, but return to your doctor, or wherever you were vaccinated, if severe, any fever, or if pain continues more than a few days. ...Read more
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
Immunizations: Annual flu shot good idea: may feel achy few days while body builds defenses against flu viruses. Pneumonia vaccine generally not given every year unless immune system is compromised. Originally was given one time; now may be given more than once in elderly who don't mount as strong an immune response. Both can cause localized soreness at injection site. Rare possibility of guillain-barré syndrome. ...Read more
Mid-Sep. to mid-Nov.: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Side effects and...: Flu shots often cause side effects like muscle/ joint aches, fever,headaches,fatigue and irritability and rarely Guillan-Barre syndrome which causes paralysis (see https://www.drugs.com/pro/fluarix.html). While you can't get flu directly from it,flu shots appear to lower immunity to other viruses including 4.4x risk of viruses that cause sinusitis,colds and bronchitis! https://tinyurl.com/jjmqtvp ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've heard of horrible reactions from flu shot, even death..why should I expose my children to this? Is it really worth the risk?
Flushot concerns: I am a Pediatrician. I follow the CDC and AAP guidelines on Flushot administration and I have not had any severe reactions. We need to screen for possibility of reactions before we give ANY shot : not just the Flushot. We cannot give the Flushot if there is history of reactions to components of the vaccine in the past.The vaccine has protected so many patients from the "FLU" for so many years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Side effects and...:
Flu shots often cause side effects like muscle/ joint aches, fever,headaches,fatigue and irritability and rarely Guillan-Barre syndrome which causes paralysis (see https://www.drugs.com/pro/fluarix.html). While you can't get flu directly from it,flu shots appear to lower immunity to other viruses including 4.4x risk of viruses that cause sinusitis,colds and bronchitis!
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3 influenza strains.: If you're asking about which strains, it contains the following 3 influenza strains for the 2011/2012 season: •a/california/7/2009 (h1n1)-like (same strain as was used for 2009 h1n1 monovalent vaccines) •a/perth/16/2009 (h3n2)-like •b/brisbane/60/2008-like. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same symptoms: The flu shot protects people about 85% of the time and mitigates the symptoms and complications so they would not be as severe as when there is no flu shot. There will still be body aches, fever, headache and some upper respiratory symptoms or even stomach symptoms but to a lesser intensity, that's relative as that is a measure in that specific person. ...Read more
Your decision: If you belong to a vulnerable health group, such as elderly (65+) or/and have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, immune system disorder, asthma or any lung condition, you should get vaccinated. Also, if you liver or care for people with above conditions and they may catch it from you, you want to protect them by getting the shot. Otherwise, it is your decision. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I would be concerned: It sounds like your body is reacting adversely; i'd think twice before getting this again. It's hard to know how common this reaction is- for some strange reason flu vaccine manufacturers are not required to report the frequency of side effects; this concerns me. As to why, some people may be allergic or sensitive to toxins in the vaccine.See http://bit.Ly/1apwgd0 ; http://bit.Ly/19vzl7q. ...Read more
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
Very!!: Although side effects can occur, such as fever, soreness, occasional achiness, and theoretically very rare more serious problems, it is much safer than being infected with the potential side effects of the infection, up to and including death! immunize, immunize, immunize. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers