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Is it abnormal for my 3 year old to develop hives around the injection site of a flu vaccine? They didn't show up until the next day.

Is it abnormal for my 3 year old to develop hives around the injection site of a flu vaccine? They didn't show up until the next day.

Injection site Rx: An injection site reaction is the appearance of skin changes and irritation at the location of an injection. Such reactions can be especially common with some types of drugs and in other cases might be the result of allergies or sensitivities. Some can be dangerous. If a patient notices skin changes, it is important to contact a doctor or nurse to discuss them. ...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 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

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What flu vaccine should I use?

What flu vaccine should I use?

Depends: For an average healthy person, either injectable quadrivalent flu vaccine or inhaled quadrivalent flu vaccine would be reasonable choices. But if there is an egg allergy, any immune problems, or certain other complicating factors, that would impact which vaccine is used. This should be discussed between you and your doctor. ...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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How long is flu vaccine effective?

For one: Flu season. The viral strains protected against — change each year. ...Read more

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Do you know which flu vaccine should I use?

Do you know which flu vaccine should I use?

Quadrivalent flu vac: Quadrivalent flu vaccine covers most strains for influenza virus and would give protection against more strains of virus. ...Read more

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Does insurance usually cover the flu vaccine?

Yes it does: Most insurance cover Flu vaccine without any copay and one can even get it at your neighborhood drug store or at your doctor's office ...Read more

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Is the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

Is the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

2 dose flu vaccine: When 2 dose vaccination is used for children – the second dose should be administered 28 days after the first. Dose #1 “primes the immune system" & dose #2 provides the actual protection. ...Read more

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Could the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

Could the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

Yes: When 2 dose vaccination is used for children – the second dose should be administered 28 days after the first. Dose #1 “primes the immune system” & dose #2 provides the actual protection. ...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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What is different about the flu vaccine from one year to the next?

What is different about the flu vaccine from one year to the next?

Depends: Each year the mixture of the flu strains used for the vaccine is different so you have to be vaccinated each year. This is more information from the cdc.
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/qa_intradermal-vaccine.htm. ...Read more

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What does a flu vaccine protect me against? What does it not protect me against?

What does a flu vaccine protect me against? What does it not protect me against?

Against the Flu: Flu vaccine protects you against the strains of flu which are expected to be in USA for the season which strats from September and finishes in march
It only protects you again Flu expected for that year
And the vaccine changes every year and that is why it is given every year ...Read more

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After I received the flu vaccine for the first time I got really sick for about a month should I avoid it next yea?

After I received the flu vaccine for the first time I got really sick for about a month should I avoid it next yea?

Vaccine : It is unusual to be sick for a month after any vaccine. I would go by your doctor, s recommendation ...Read more

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3yo child has low neutrophils (and other low counts). Been instructed to continue to defer live vaccines. Can she still get her flu shot?

3yo child has low neutrophils (and other low counts). Been instructed to continue to defer live vaccines. Can she still get her flu shot?

Yes, she can: She can receive the injected flu vaccine. It contains killed virus and so she will tolerate it. Actually, she should receive it, because the complications of the flu for her may be serious. ...Read more

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Could I be allergic to just dippy-cooked eggs? It seems like I can eat scrambled and hard-boiled eggs. What's it mean for vaccines like the flu shot?

Could I be allergic to just dippy-cooked eggs? It seems like I can eat scrambled and hard-boiled eggs. What's it mean for vaccines like the flu shot?

Yes: Some egg allergic individuals are able to tolerate well cooked or baked egg, but have issues with under cooked or raw egg. There is no specific recommendations on how well to cook eggs, and care needs to be taken. I would recommend evaluation by a board certified allergist. For the Flu shot- The amount of allergen in the vaccine in minimal, unless you reacted in the past get the vaccine ...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 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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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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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?

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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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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What exactly makes up a flu shot vaccine?

What exactly makes up a flu shot vaccine?

Not live...: The flu vaccine does not have any live flu virus. Rather, it consists of killed virus or protein from the virus. Your immune system then reacts against the virus protein and makes antibodies so that if your body then is exposed to the actual virus, the antibodies needed to kill it are already there. This prevents you from getting sick from the virus since the antibodies kill it first! ...Read more

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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


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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more