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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 a flu shot trigger a migraine and severe joint pain?

Can a flu shot trigger a migraine and severe joint pain?

I dought it!: I have given many this year with not one reaction adversely. If your allergic to eggs the shot not indicated- have pcp look for other reasons for your complaints. ...Read more

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I've been getting very severe joint pain after getting the flu shot. I can't even move things sometimes. I get to the point of crying. Extremely painful.?

I've been getting very severe joint pain after getting the flu shot. I can't even move things sometimes. I get to the point of crying. Extremely painful.?

Can happen!: It is uncommon, but painful joints and arthritis sx can occur after a flu shot. Bear with it, because it is short lived. Low dose Prednisone (2.5-5mg) and nsaids should really improve your sx. Please do not less this "bad" experience keep you from getting vaccinated in the future. ...Read more

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What foriegn countries supply flu vaccine for the usa?

What foriegn countries supply flu vaccine for the usa?

Several!: According to their package info, Fluzone and FluMist are made in the US. Fluvirin is made in the UK, Flulaval in Canada, Fluarix in Germany, and Afluria in Australia. ...Read more

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How expensive is the flu vaccine?

How expensive is the flu vaccine?

Varies by Location: If you have insurance it is covered by most insurance without any copay and is available at most drug stores like CVS/WALGREN and others. Also available at your doctor' office
If you have no insurance it may cost you approx. 25 to 30 dollars in NJ. Price may vary in other states ...Read more

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What are the side effects of flu vaccine?

What are the side effects of flu vaccine?

SIDE EFFECTS: I agree with my other colleagues who have answered this question. I would just like to add that there is a facet to vaccinations that one might want to educate themselves on and that is the topic of adjuvants and preservatives. The space here is too short to discuss this. I recommend going to websites like www. Mercola. Com and www. Russellblaylockmd. Com. ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of the flu vaccine?

What are the proven advantages of the flu vaccine?

Agree w Dr. Lahage: If you have ever had influenza - you would probably want to avoid going through that suffering again. If you have influenza and pass it on to another - the illness could cause significant morbidity or even death. ...Read more

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I'm taking buserlin can I have my flu vaccine still?

I'm taking buserlin can I have my flu vaccine still?

Flu shot likely ok: Buserelin is a medication that is a chemical which alters the secretion of certain hormones from the pituitary gland. Getting a flu shot should be fine. If one is interested in getting a FluMist nasal live-virus flu vaccine, he should ask the doctor prescribing the buserelin whether or not the nasal vaccine would change the absorption of buserelin nasal spray. ...Read more

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What are the negatives, if any, of getting the flu vaccine?

What are the negatives, if any, of getting the flu vaccine?

Hardly any: Flu vaccine is very safe. Vast majority of people will have nothing worse than a slightly sore upper arm. Even if you get the flu later in the season it's likely to be mild. It's recommended for nearly everyone. Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to get the flu shot because they are more susceptible to complications including death. People who have chronic conditions should get it too. ...Read more

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Is it going to be mandatory that everyone be given the flu vaccine?

Is it going to be mandatory that everyone be given the flu vaccine?

Not likely: Vaccinations are not mandatory and except in a national emergency, government is not likely to mandate vaccination. ...Read more

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Should I get the flu vaccine ?

Should I get the flu vaccine ?

Yes: Anyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu vaccination to help prevent catching influenza a or b, or the h1n1 swine flu. One can skip the vaccination if he is allergic to it. People at higher risk for severe influenza symptoms include pregnant women, the elderly, the immunosuppressed, asthmatics, young children and babies, etc... High-risk persons should definitely get vaccinated. ...Read more

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Do I need a flu vaccine going to china?

Do I need a flu vaccine going to china?

Yes: You will need seasonal vaccines like the flu shot plus others specific to the duration and areas involved in your visit. You can find corrent information at the cdc website. Go to www. Cdc. Gov/travel and put in your destination country to bring up the details. ...Read more

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Would the swine flu vaccine actually help you?

Would the swine flu vaccine actually help you?

See below: The swine flu was a specific type of h1n1 flu virus. If the type of h1n1 causing disease matches the type in the vaccine, then yes. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how safe is the swine flu vaccine?

I'm wondering how safe is the swine flu vaccine?

Very safe: 2/3 of those getting the flu vaccine have no side effects. 1/3 can have a sore arm and fever. ...Read more

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What are reasons why not to get the swine flu vaccine?

Vaccinations: Don't get the FLU shot w/o consulting w a DR if you have had Guillain- Barre Syndrome, a history of severe allergic reactions to previous influenza vaccine or chicken eggs, have a current fever (moderate to severe) or are less than 6 months of age. ...Read more

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What is bird flu vaccine?

What is bird flu vaccine?

Bird Flu Vaccine: Vaccine to protect against avian influenza (bird flu) also known as strain h5n1. This is different from the annual flu shot and the recent swine flu vaccine h1n1. The vaccine is kept in stockpiles for use in the event of an outbreak. Currently it is not a routine vaccine since avian flu rarely infects humans. People who work with poultry are most likely to be infected. ...Read more

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Could prednisone be taken after flu vaccine?

Wait a week: If possible, it is best to wait one week between the flu shot and taking prednisone. Taking it earlier can suppress the immune system and make the vaccine less effective. ...Read more

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Is the flu vaccine made in chicken eggs or duck eggs?

Is the flu vaccine made in chicken eggs or duck eggs?

Chicken egg: This created concern whether or not individuals with egg allergy can get "flu" shot safely. Cdc announced that egg allergy is not a contraindication for influenza vaccination. ...Read more

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How soon after a tetanus shot is it safe to get a flu vaccine?

How soon after a tetanus shot is it safe to get a flu vaccine?

Right away: The tetanus vaccine and influenza vaccine are not live vaccines and should, therefore not interfere with your immune systems' response to each individual vaccine. ...Read more

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Is there a flu vaccine for those of us with severe egg allergies?

Is there a flu vaccine for those of us with severe egg allergies?

Flu shot may be OK.: There have been a number of recent studies addressing this problem. Recommendations now include that the flu shot can be given to someone with mild to moderate egg allergy (hives, for example) with doctor supervision. Not enough space here to adequately describe rules for this. For more info, see:
http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6033a3.Htm. ...Read more

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Does getting the flu vaccine help prevent getting the flu during flu season?

Yes, but...: Note also that "flu vaccine" specifically covers influenza virus (and only targeted strains at that), where as people often refer to the "flu" during "flu season" as any viral illness (there are lots of other viruses which can cause fever and other symptoms besides influenza!). This is a large contributor to the misconception that someone's annual flu vaccine "didn't work". ...Read more

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Is it safe for an infant to be close to a child who had have nasal flu vaccine?

Is it safe for an infant to be close to a child who had have nasal flu vaccine?

Yes: It is safe for a child to be administered FluMist when they have close contact with an infant <6 months of age. ...Read more

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Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Influenza vaccine: Influenza virus changes each year therefore every year new vaccines are made to cover the most likely circulating strains of the virus. ...Read more

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Is there any difference if I get the three strain flu vaccine or the four strain flu vaccine?

Yes: The four strain has another strain of influenza not in the 3 strain brand which can theoretically protect you against that extra strain for that year. ...Read more

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How long after a set of triacinolone injections (total 160 mg) will a flu vaccine evoke normal antibody production response?

How long after a set of triacinolone injections (total 160 mg) will a flu vaccine evoke normal antibody production response?

No effect on Ab: High dose steroids for >2 wks may reduce cell-mediated immunity, but do not lower antibody production (humoral immunity). Effectiveness of the vaccine may be reduced if given at same time as the steroid injections, but is ok if after the injections stop. Usually best to take the vaccine to get whatever benefit is possible. Only exception don't give if severe immunosuppression for any reason. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more