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How can you safely get the regular flu shot more than once during pregnancy?

How can you safely get the regular flu shot more than once during pregnancy?

Probably, but...: A single influenza vaccination is recommended for pregnant women. Some times a second shot is needed if a specific strain of influenza develops and is not covered by your initial vaccination. Before getting a second shot, make sure you talk to your prenatal provider to check why you are being offered a second one. ...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 is an infant protected by a maternal flu shot during pregnancy? And how long are they partially protected if not fully protected <6 months?

How long is an infant protected by a maternal flu shot during pregnancy? And how long are they partially protected if not fully protected <6 months?

Baby flu shot at 6m: All pregnant women should get a flu shot unless there's a good reason not to get it. Each woman will develop some antibodies against flu viruses... but nobody can guess how much antibody an individual woman will make. Next, some antibody goes to each vaccinated woman's baby fetus... but nobody can guess how much each baby has at birth. After birth, the antibodies decrease over the first 6 months. ...Read more

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I got a regular flu shot and i'm 9 weeks pregnant. Will that hurt my baby? I didn't do the pregnancy shot.

I got a regular flu shot and i'm 9 weeks pregnant. Will that hurt my baby? I didn't do the pregnancy shot.

No: It's the same flu shot you get if you are an adult or pregnant. And it's CDC recommended to have a flu shot during pregnancy, hence don't worry. ...Read more

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Any women get their flu shot in 1st trimester and had a healthy pregnancy?

Any women get their flu shot in 1st trimester and had a healthy pregnancy?

Yes: Past experience with the killed (regular injected) flu vaccine has been good. No specific pattern of problems influencing the fetus is known. Although considered safe during any stage of pregnancy, most recommend waiting until >14wks when he period of organ formation is completed out of caution. Influenza is a devastating illness to some in pregnancy, we lost 2 moms here 2 years ago (babies ok). ...Read more

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Some of the antibiotics that are used in flu shots are not safe during pregnancy, why is the flu shot still ok in early pregnancy?

Some of the antibiotics that are used in flu shots are not safe during pregnancy, why is the flu shot still ok in early pregnancy?

Life is that way: There is risk and benefit to everything we do, and to everything we do not do. Pregnancy has its dangers, many thousands of times higher than the risk of traces of antibiotics from vaccine manufacturing. For every 5000 births in the US, 1 of those mothers dies. In the US last year, about 35,000 people died from the flu. That's why pregnant women get flu shots, to save themselves and their babies. ...Read more

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Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant?during pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding?why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant?during pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding?why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Death or disability: We lost 2 pregnant moms during the 2009 flu outbreak in my medium sized town. Flu is potentially deadly during pregnancy and the inactivated flu injection can help you avoid it. ...Read more

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Been off Depo-Provera since October 15th, it's October 26th today. I've had diahhrea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs. I have a flu shot.. Is this pregnancy ?

Been off Depo-Provera since October 15th, it's October 26th today. I've had diahhrea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs. I have a flu shot.. Is this pregnancy ?

Pregnancy is when...: ....you're pregnant. Symptoms of diarrhea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs after a flu shot more likely mean you've got. ...well, diarrhea, gas, tired, & tingling boobs! HA! What you really need is to purchase a pregnancy test from the pharmacy (or gas station), follow the instructions, & let us know whether it's "Congratulations" or "He best not leave that nice car anywhere where I can see it!" ...Read more

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Should i be concerned that the site were i received a flu shot has swelled considerable?

Should  i be concerned that the site were i received a flu shot has swelled considerable?

I would be concerned: It sounds like your body is reacting adversely; i'd think twice before getting this again. It's hard to know how common this reaction is- for some strange reason flu vaccine manufacturers are not required to report the frequency of side effects; this concerns me. As to why, some people may be allergic or sensitive to toxins in the vaccine.See http://bit.Ly/1apwgd0 ; http://bit.Ly/19vzl7q. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my 6 month old baby got a flu shot today, is it safe for him ?

Should i be concerned if my 6 month old baby got a flu shot today, is it safe for him ?

Safe-yes: This vaccine is delayed to 6 months because it is thought the maternal antibodies baby gets from you during pregnancy would otherwise weaken the benefit.It is a safe and effective product. I ran out of my supply for this age group a few weeks ago. ...Read more

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I got my flu shot five days ago and the area is still red, swollen, and tender and getting larger. Is this something to be concerned about?

I got my flu shot five days ago and the area is still red, swollen, and tender and getting larger.  Is this something to be concerned about?

Concern, yes: This is not the reaction we want. Can it happen - it can. I would advise you to try hot warm compresses without burning yourself. (some may like ice, but in this case i would try heat). If you don't start to see slow improvement, you need to inform the doc who gave you the injection. You may be developing a reaction to the medication, or an infection. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about an already enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node that has now doubled in size after a flu shot yesterday?

Should I be concerned about an already enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node that has now doubled in size after a flu shot yesterday?

Call doc to be safe: Assuming your flu shot was on the same side, this sounds like a normal reaction to immune stimulation from the vaccine, more prominent than usual because of the previous enlargement. Probably it's nothing to worry about, but call your doctor's office to be sure they agree. Is the cause of the enlarged lymph node known? If not, for sure bring it to your doctor's attention. ...Read more

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8 yo flu shot today, was fine for about 5 min, then was in the rm while bro had lead test. turned very pale felt sick, almost passed out. Concerned?

Dr. Joseph Oh Dr. Oh
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8 yo flu shot today, was fine for about 5 min, then was in the rm while bro had lead test. turned very pale felt sick, almost passed out. Concerned?

No: i don't believe so, sounds like your child had a vasovagal reaction from seeing his brother get his lead test. This is very common in stressful situations such as getting shots or donating blood. Only a problem if it's recurrent. When it happens, have the person lie down w their legs raised at the first sign of an episode. ...Read more

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I received the flu shot friday morning and my arm is still swollen, red and itchy should I be concerned?

I received the flu shot friday morning and my arm is still swollen, red and itchy should I be concerned?

Allergy: To the base or carrier of the medicine component itself is possible. If the area becomes swollen like infected, you get fever, it is painful, the possibility of infection in the injection site is possible. You can use antihistamine and cold compress to the are for now and observe. ...Read more

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May have touched/scratched a needle when flicking the safety after a flu shot. Didn't even feel it, didn't draw blood. HepC/HIV still a concern?

May have touched/scratched a needle when flicking the safety after a flu shot. Didn't even feel it, didn't draw blood. HepC/HIV still a concern?

Very low risk.: If you are not sure if you stuck yourself, didn't feel it and did not see any blood, your chances of any blood borne infection is pretty low. Any potential exposure should be reported to your supervisor. ...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?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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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?

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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I travel a lot for work. My entire family except 3 month old has flu shot.I get a hotel room when I get home to shower in and wash clothes. Concern?

I travel a lot for work. My entire family except 3 month old has flu shot.I get a hotel room when I get home to shower in and wash clothes. Concern?

Best protection: The best protection for your 3 month old is that everyone older than 6 months in your household gets a flu shot. Flu is transmitted by respiratory droplets not by contaminated clothing. ...Read more

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My 9mos old daughter got her last hep booster and flu shot at her appointment this morning. Now her breath smells bad/funny/off. Should i be concerned?

My 9mos old daughter got her last hep booster and flu shot at her appointment this morning. Now her breath smells bad/funny/off. Should i be concerned?

Sometimes: Sometimes after shots the immune system is stimulated and this can happen. Is your daughter eating and drinking normally? Make sure she is not dehydrated. If she is generally acting normally and there are no other symptom, then don't worry, just keep an eye on her. And clean her teeth with a soft toothbrush. ...Read more

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30 y/o. Took a baby aspirin today (and 3 of last 7 days for some pain) a few hours before getting my flu shot - any concern? Nurse said it was ok, but didn't exactly seem sure. Just wondering if there's any reason for concern with Reye's and all.

30 y/o. Took a baby aspirin today (and 3 of last 7 days for some pain) a few hours before getting my flu shot - any concern? Nurse said it was ok, but didn't exactly seem sure. Just wondering if there's any reason for concern with Reye's and all.

No concern: The dose of aspirin you took is not any cause for concern, with or without flu vaccination.
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Should I take both seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax vaccine?

Should I take both seasonal flu vaccine and pneumovax vaccine?

Flu and pnumonia vac: Flu vaccine can be taken with pnumonia vaccine, if it is recommended by your doctor because of your age or medical condition you can take tham together. ...Read more

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