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Flu Vaccine And Joint Pain
Flu 4 times this year? Fever up to 102.9. Body aches, bone and joint pain; chest tightness. Rec'd flu vaccine? June? WNV prior to these 4 events.
Flu?: Better get evaluated for underlying immunosuppressive diseases. See your doctor ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Is there a vaccine specifically for avian flu? Does the flu vaccine protect against avian flu, or is a different vaccine needed? .
No: There is no vaccine for the avian flu and the flu vaccine will not protect you. ...Read more
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
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