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Should a flu vaccine be taken in conjunction with oseltamivir when symptoms first occur?

Should a flu vaccine be taken in conjunction with oseltamivir when symptoms first occur?

?Expectations?: Being vaccinated at the time you believe you are developing the flu has an interesting benefit, but is unlikely to help with the initial illness.The body will require 2-3 wks to develop a protective antibody level after vaccination. As dr diamond stated, you might not have the flu, yet even if you do, the vaccine helps build protection from other strains you could catch that season. ...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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Got the flu and on tamiflu (oseltamivir). Fever 2 degrees above norm. How long will fever typically last? I did have my flu shot. Tx

Got the flu and on tamiflu (oseltamivir). Fever 2 degrees  above  norm. How long will fever typically last?  I did have my flu shot.  Tx

Shortens duration: A flu shot may not have been the one for the strain of virus you have. Taking tamiflu (oseltamivir) before can ward of the flu, and if taken right away usually it shortens the duration of symptoms. Feel better! ...Read more

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Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more

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How likely is it to develop flu-like symptoms from the flu vaccine?

How likely is it to develop flu-like symptoms from the flu vaccine?

...: The flu vaccine is well tolerated by most people. It is effective in preventing illness along with good hand hygiene. The centers for disease control is a good reference site to learn more: http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.Htm http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/protect/vaccine/index.Htm. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the real flu for a teenager who did get the flu vaccine?

What are the symptoms of the real flu for a teenager who did get the flu vaccine?

Fever, cough, aches: Influenza is characterized by the rapid onset of a fevers around 102, a non-productive, severe cough and marked body aches. Sometimes there can also be symptons of diarrhea with the recent h1n1, but less commonly with other influenza viruses. A flu shot is only 70% protective and immunity starts to decline 16 weeks after vaccination. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of swine flu vaccine how long it will take to appear the symptoms?

What are the side effects of swine flu vaccine how long it will take to appear the symptoms?

Very little: long list of potential-side effects , in reality and practically very little side effects local pain and mild fever possible for 1-2 days ...Read more

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18 month old got her vaccines that were due and a flu shot 10 days ago. Now she is breaking out in hives. No symptoms or diet change. Related?

18 month old got her vaccines that were due and a flu shot 10 days ago.  Now she is breaking out in hives.  No symptoms or diet change.  Related?

Possible: It is usually not the killed virus itself but what may be added to the vaccine which can cause an allergic reaction. For example, some vaccines do contain small amount of gelatin to which a few people may have become allergic. ...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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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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Is there a swine flu vaccine?

Is there a swine flu vaccine?

Which one ?: The general label "swine flu" has been applied to several strains of flu. A vaccine was developed to the H1N1 that circulated in 2009, and included in several seasonal flu shots since that time. Since other strains have also carried this non-specific label, you need to be more specific for a firm answer. ...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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Can I get the flu from the flu vaccine?

No!: No, the flu shot is a dead vaccination and not able to pass infection. There is no live virus there to cause infection and therefore zero percent chance of this occuring. The nasal flu vaccine, on the other hand, is a live virus vaccine. However, it is engineered to die at body temperature and therefore not able to cause significant illness. It may cause runny nose and congestion but not full flu. ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Graitcer
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Oseltamivir (Definition)

The brand name is tamiflu (oseltamivir). It is a prodrug, which means it is inactive until metabolized by a person's body into the active form. It blocks neuraminidase, an enzyme in influenza virus; by doing this, it prevents the flu virus from detaching from the host cell and slows the spread of the virus. It comes in a tablet form, as ...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