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Flu Vaccine Not Up To Date (Overview)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccine. The flu shot is for people age 6 months and older. Some people are more likely to get the flu or to have a severe infection if they catch it. People at risk for more serious flu infections should always get a flu vaccine every year. Older children and adults only require a single shot each year. However, children under age 9 need two shots 1 month apart the first time they receive flu vaccine or if they have not previously received two doses during one flu season.


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My baby isn't up to date on vaccines, can she still get a flu shot?

My baby isn't up to date on vaccines, can she still get a flu shot?

Yes: No problem getting the influenza vaccine (flu shot) after 6 months of age. If first timer, she will receive a 1/2 dose and repeat again 1 month later. You can still get the other catch up vaccines at the same time! ...Read more

Flu Vaccine Not Up To Date (Overview)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older should receive the flu vaccine. The flu shot is for people age 6 months and older. Some people are more likely to get the flu or to have a severe infection if they catch it. People at risk for more serious flu infections should always get a flu vaccine every year. Older children and adults only require a single shot each year. However, children under age 9 need two shots 1 month apart the first time they receive flu vaccine or if they have not previously received two doses during one flu season.


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I'm 100% up to date with all vaccines other than flu shot. Are their any vaccines I must have repeated or do most last a lifetime?

I'm 100% up to date with all vaccines other than flu shot. Are their any vaccines I must have repeated or do most last a lifetime?

Depends: Some vaccines provide time limited benefit (whooping cough, tetanus,diphtheria, meningitis,flu) while others may last a lifetime (hepatitis B series, measles,HPV series). Some of the newer vaccines have not been used long enough to know if their benefit is lifetime or a booster is needed. All adults should review their vaccine status with their doc at their regular checkups. ...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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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 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 vaccine: The quadrivalent flu vaccine covers the most number of flu strains and is the best flu vaccine currently available. The nasal FluMist version is more effective and can be given to certain individuals. ...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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It's now march and forgot to get my flu vaccine for this year. Is there any value in getting it or should I just wait until next year?

Get it: Even though the flu season is coming to an end, there are still cases of it out there. Also, the more times you get the flu vaccine, the higher your immune response will be boosted the next year. Many years, the strains are the same as the year before. ...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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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more