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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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Can you still get flu even if you've had a flu jab?

Can you still get flu even if you've had a flu jab?

Yup.: Yes, you can get influenza even if you have had the flu shot. It will generally be a milder case. Other possibilities: it may be that you have contracted a different viral infection - there are many out there! the other possibility is that the flu shot prepared isn't a perfect match to the strain of flu we are seeing. My understanding is that this year's flu shot is spot on. Wash your hands. Lg. ...Read more

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I had my flu jab on Thursday, it still has a red oval shape around it but doesn't hurt, is this normal?

I had my flu jab on Thursday, it still has a red oval shape around it but doesn't hurt, is this normal?

Not that uncommon: Without seeing and feeling it, it sounds like you just have some local irritation at the injection site, which is common with many different vaccines. As long as you don't have fevers, spreading redness, increasing pain, discharge at the site, you'll likely be fine. Consider cold compresses to speed resolution. But if you are that worried, address this with the doctor who vaccinated you. ...Read more

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When should I get my flu shot?

When should I get my flu shot?

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 more

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When is best time for flu shot?

When is best time for flu shot?

As soon as it : Becomes available. I know FluMist is available already and the shots shoud be also available shortly. Call your doctor to see if he/ahe has it. ...Read more

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Any unusual reactions to flu shot 2013?

Any unusual reactions to flu shot 2013?

Influenza vaccine: Slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. Headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain resolved quickly. Severe side effects are rare. ...Read more

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Can the intradermal flu shot be painless?

Quite Possibly.: Per the cdc, the intradermal shot uses less antigen ; a much smaller needle. So yes - it may be painless for some people. ...Read more

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What happens if a child gets an adult flu shot?

What happens if a child gets an adult flu shot?

Not much usually: If a child gets an adult flu shot then usually there is not much that happens although a higher dose may cause a skin reaction. Just monitor carefully and if something starts to happen then please contact your dr for treatment of symptoms or if needs to be seen. Did your child get an adult flu shot? ...Read more

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What are the ingrediants in this years flu shot?

What are the ingrediants in this years flu shot?

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 more

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Are there any unusal reactions to flu shot 2013?

Are there any unusal reactions to flu shot 2013?

Unsure: Slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. Headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain resolved quickly. Severe side effects are rare. ...Read more

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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