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Doctor insights on: Flu Vaccine Pros And Cons

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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

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 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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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 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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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