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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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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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I am a cancer survivor with no spleen so I get my flu shot every year past three or four years I have been feeling sick afterwards is this a concern?

I am a cancer survivor with no spleen so I get my flu shot every year past three or four years I have been feeling sick afterwards is this a concern?

Alternative: There is an intradermal flu vaccine which is likely less troublesome for you. What you do need most is pneumococcal vaccine -both the 23 and 13-strains due to the absence of a spleen. ...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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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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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

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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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Can I give a flu shot to my son who is 6 years old?

Can I give a flu shot to my son who is 6 years old?

Sure: Immunizing the school age children against influenza has a high priority. It has been proven that they often are the ones bringing flu to the rest of the family. ...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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Is this years flu shot safe for me and my five year old daughter.

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Yes: The overwhelming evidence points to the safety and efficacy of flu vaccines unless there is a severe egg allergy (i.e., cannot even eat eggs). ...Read more

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In the years that I take an annual flu-shot, I don't get common cold too. Is there a link ?

No: The influenza vaccine is specific for the influenza virus and its strains. The common cold is usually due to rhinovirus, and often other viruses. If one contracts the influenza virus, s/he will be much more ill than with the common cold. ...Read more

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If a 40 year old healthy man hasn't taken a flu shot in over ten years, should he start now?

Yes: A flu shot is not a series of shots; each year is a separate and different vaccine. The flu vaccine for a particular year is only designed to protect against the 2-4 strains determined to be harmful for that year. The next year would likely be different strains and thus a different vaccine. Vaccination is important to prevent your flu and to prevent you from spreading the flu to others. ...Read more

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I had Gillian Barret 2 years ago and dr. won't give me a flu shot. Wouldn't the shot be better than the risk of getting the flu?

I had Gillian Barret 2 years ago and dr. won't give me a flu shot. Wouldn't the shot be better than the risk of getting the flu?

Guillain Barre: Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a disorder where a patient’s immune system goes haywire and attacks the peripheral nervous system. GBS can be triggered by vaccinations such as the influenza vaccine, tetanus shot, Hepatitis B vaccine, the Menactra® (MCV4) vaccine, the Gardasil® vaccine, and other vaccinations. ...Read more

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What's the point of getting the flu shot if there hasn't been a flu outbreak the past 2 years?

U a gambler?: Preventive care, whether its a regular checkup or a flu shot is a simple bet. You decide not to risk a poorly timed bad illness/condition/flu by seeking vaccine or early detection at your convenience. I don't know ? U live but flu was bad here last year & at any one time several strains are circling the globe thanks to asymptomatic carriers & international flights.Skip if u want, i get one yearly. ...Read more

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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more