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What to do if I got the flu shot 1-2 years ago how come I got the flu?

What to do if I got the flu shot 1-2 years ago how come I got the flu?

1 season: The influenza vaccine is only effective for one season (winter months). They alter the vaccine each year to try and cover the most likely strains of the virus. You need to get it every September / October! ...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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My one year old daughter has had a fever for two days..Shes getting her eye teeth, shes had the flu shot....What could this be coming from?

My one year old daughter has had a fever for two days..Shes getting her eye teeth, shes had the flu shot....What could this be coming from?

It's not the teeth: Teething does not cause fever, despite a lot of old wives tales that it does. There are many things which cause fever, the most common being infections. But can also be a common reaction to many vaccines, usually in the first day or two after getting them. If there are more worrying signs such as not acting like herself you should consult your health care practitioner. ...Read more

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If my baby was really fussy after the last year’s flu shot, is it okay for him to have one this year?

If my baby was really fussy after the last year’s flu shot, is it okay for him to have one this year?

Yes: General fussiness certainly is not fun, but does not fall under the criteria of a dangerous reaction. And it is still "better" than a serious, potentially life threatening case of the flu. ...Read more

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I am 65 years old and i just received my flu shot! two days later, i removed my band-aid and i noticed a medium sizedrash. Why could it have happened?

I am 65 years old and i just received my flu shot! two days later, i removed my band-aid and i noticed a medium sizedrash. Why could it have happened?

Bandaid rash!: Please remove your bandaid sooner to avoid this rash. The bandaid should be removed in the car as you leave the doctor's office unless you have a bleeding disorder. Trapped moisture and the adhesive in the band-aid often cause this reaction. If it doesn't resolve in 2-3 days, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get more than one flu shot per year?

Safe: Unnecessary, but safe. I myself have had an extra flu shot by mistake one year with no ill effects. ...Read more

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What to do if i never had a flu shot and this year I have to have one. What should I expect?

Flu protection: The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people have had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. ...Read more

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If I get a flu shot this year will I need to continue getting one each year going forward? Wondering if my body will get reliant on this.

If I get a flu shot this year will I need to continue getting one each year going forward? Wondering if my body will get reliant on this.

No....: Nothing like that. Each year the flu virus mutates.....the manufacturers of vaccine provide a guess work formula each year for the on coming season. It failed completely last year.....80% failure. Body will not be reliant on this......with a healthy life style some preventive steps you will be ok. This a scare tactis by the industry.... ...Read more

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My doctor accidentally gave my child the flu shot two times instead of one. Will he be okay?

My doctor accidentally gave my child the flu shot two times instead of one.  Will he be okay?

Almost surely: Unless there is a reaction at the site of the vaccination this should not create any serious problems. ...Read more

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Hello we live in australia and want to know is it safe to get our 5 year old daughter the flu shot? Some kids had bad reaction in 2010 to influvac one

Yes: Each year the flu vaccine is a new strain, based on the type of flu that is expected that year. Talk with your doctor to make sure there are no contraindications, but, in general, getting the flu vaccine is safer than getting the flu! ...Read more

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If one get mild fever aches after flu shot, is it because of bad immune system or on the contrary? Is there greater risk of symptom at next year shot?

If one get mild fever aches after flu shot, is it because of bad immune system or on the contrary? Is there greater risk of symptom at next year shot?

Flu shot: No your immune system is fine.You reacted because of introduction of foreign protein into the body. It may or may not affect you next year. ...Read more

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Can flu shot weaken your immune system to where you can catch sinus infections ? My wife thinks that she want me to try just one year to go without

Urban myth!: Influenza immunization has no effect on the immue system, except to help make the recipient immune to flu. It doesn't cause a minor case of influenza, fever, or anything like that; and it doesn't raise the chance of sinusitis or anything else. It is irresponsible to not get vaccinated against flu on account of such things. OTOH, we're almost at the end of flu season, so it may be too late to help. ...Read more

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Can a one year old get the flu shot while on antibiotics for an ear infection?

Can a one year old get the flu shot while on antibiotics for an ear infection?

Yes: It may not be the best time to get a flu shot, but if the child us well recovered from the ear infection, this may be done. A pediatrician will usually wait til a child is symptom free before this is done ...Read more

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At what age should my child get a flu shot? She is 2 1/2 years old.

At what age should my child get a flu shot? She is 2 1/2 years old.

Let me explain: U.S. Centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) recommends the flu vaccine for everyone, including children starting at 6 months. (babies under 6 months are too young to get vaccinated. ...Read more

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My daughter is 2-1/2 years old she is very healthy kid ,her pediatrist dosent recommended flu shot for her ,tell me please is flu shot for every kid ?

My daughter is 2-1/2 years old she is very healthy kid ,her pediatrist dosent recommended flu shot for her ,tell me please is  flu shot for every kid ?

Yes: Every child 6 months and older should get a flu shot to help prevent influenza. Complications of influenza include ear infections, sinusitis, wheezing, pneumonia, hospitalization, and yes, even death. If a parent can decrease the chances of those complications by one or two little shots, the shots would be a good idea. Kids who have contact with many other kids will have more chances to catch flu. ...Read more

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At what age should my daughter get a flu shot? She is 2 1/2 years old

Please read this: U.S. Centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) recommends the flu vaccine for everyone, including children starting at 6 months. (babies under 6 months are too young to get vaccinated. ...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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