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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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Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more


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I received a flu shot 3 years ago and within 15 minutes i started feeling week, dizzy and my blood pressure increased. It is safe to get another?

I received a flu shot 3 years ago and within 15 minutes i started feeling week, dizzy and my blood pressure increased.  It is safe to get another?

I would: It is common for someone to get such a response with an inoculation & not considered an allergic response. What you describe is classic for a vaso-vagal event = a near fainting. ...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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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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Can there be sonwthing wrong with me I got a flu shot three mknths ago and havr been sick like 5 times sin, e then with fever runny nose and cough ?

Can there be sonwthing wrong with me I got a flu shot three mknths ago and havr been sick like 5 times sin, e then with fever runny nose and cough ?

Yes: Yes, there can be something wrong, but i would be very careful about blaming it on the flu shot. You may have many underlying issues that need to be examined as to the cause for your recurring and prolonged illnesses. Go see your pcp and get a thorough exam and any treatment needed. Is your lifestyle good? Good sleep, nurtrition, diet, exercise, stress freedom, vitamins, exposures? ...Read more

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I just got a flu shot three days ago and the injection site is swollen hot itchy and sore is this normal?

I just got a flu shot three days ago and the injection site is swollen hot itchy and sore is this normal?

Yes: Any vaccine can cause swelling and soreness at the injection site. Tyleno or advil may help but it should go away in a few days. ...Read more

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Been feeling bad since flu shot. Now I have pneumonia and asthma (new). Been to dr. 3 times and not any better. Female, 56 years old. Feeling depressed and fatiqued.

Been feeling bad since flu shot.  Now I have pneumonia and asthma (new).  Been to dr. 3 times and not any better. Female, 56 years old.  Feeling depressed and fatiqued.

Doubt flu shot: It is highly doubtful that the flu shot has caused your pneumonia or asthma. You need to look for the exposure source including the possibility of water damage at your home. Have you seen an allergist yet? If not, you should. ...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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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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It is the trivalent influenza vaccine which contains purified inactivated antigens against viral strains from a ...Read more


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