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Can you have a flu shot while taking prednisone?

Can you have a flu shot while taking prednisone?

Yes you can: Yes you can there is no contraindication to it. ...Read more

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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How long after stopping prednisone can I get a flu shot?

How long after stopping prednisone can I get a flu shot?

Can get it any time: You can get it anytime.Flu vaccine is a killed virus and there is no contraindication to getting flu shot when taking prednisone. ...Read more

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I am suppose to start taking prednisone for 10 days for chronic sinus infections. Im getting a flu shot tomorrow. how long should I wait to take it?

I am suppose to start taking prednisone for 10 days for chronic sinus infections. Im getting a flu shot tomorrow. how long should I wait to take it?

Take them now: You can safely take them both. Especially if you have had no issues with either the flu shot or prednisone. If you have bad sinusitis symptoms, use nasal treatments and saline as possible. ...Read more

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I am on 9 mg predezone. Your doctors say I can't get flu shot my dr says ok and will get protection?

I am on 9 mg predezone. Your doctors say I can't get flu shot my dr says ok and will get protection?

Prednisone: Prednisone is a corticosteroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. It also suppresses the immune system. Prednisone is used as an anti-inflammatory or an immunosuppressant medication. Prednisone treats many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. ...Read more

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I am on 9 mg of predezone. I have to increase to 15 mg. Dr says ok to get flu shot. Is it better to get it before I increase to 15 mg?

I am on 9 mg of predezone.  I have to increase to 15 mg. Dr  says ok to get flu shot. Is it better to get it before I increase to 15 mg?

Hi dose flu vaccine: For someone 65 and older there is a 'high dose' flu vaccine that is made up of 4x the amount of antigen in a regular flu shot. You have good insight- the more steroids you're on, the weaker your immune system becomes (relatively speaking). So yes, I would prefer you to get the flu shot sooner rather than later, and please ask about the HI dose shot -if you were my patient, that's what I would give ...Read more

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I recently had a flu injection. There is now a large hard very painful lump under the skin. Why is that happening?

I recently had a flu injection. There is now a large hard very painful lump under the skin. Why is that happening?

Common side effect: Hello, You are experiencing a common reaction to the flu shot. Your immune system is mounting a local reaction which causes swelling to the area where you received the flu shot. This is normal and means that your body is responding to the shot the way it has to.Warm compresses or moving the arm helps. Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen for severe pain. The swelling should subside in 7- 10 days. ...Read more

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Today I had flu injection now vomiting anything I should watch for? Maybe related not unwell before the injection just had end of a cough

Today I had flu injection now vomiting anything I should watch for? Maybe related not unwell before the injection just had end of a cough

No Worries : No more concerning than any episode of vomiting. Very rare but form of weakness progressing to paralysis and allergic type reactions are the major flu vax side effects. Vomiting is not related. I guess flu season is different down under as we are a long ways from vaccine season. I spent two of the best months of my life in Sydney on a cardiology rotation. Wonderful country. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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