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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

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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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 does the flu vaccine work?

How does the flu vaccine work?

Antibodies: It is recognized as foreign by the human body and antibodies are made against it which later attack the flu virus itself if contracted and help the immune system fight back. ...Read more

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Does Seasonal flu vaccine safe ?

Does Seasonal flu vaccine safe ?

GET YOUR FLU SHOT: Influenza can make you very sick! ask your doctor for a quadrivalent vaccine and make sure it is preservative free. The other option is Flumist, it is a nasal spray and no needles! so If you doctor recommends it I would get it:) ...Read more

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Does flu vaccine cause stff neck?

Does flu vaccine cause stff neck?

Very unlikely: Stiff neck is not among the common reactions from flu vaccine. ...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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So can any flu vaccine cause low hemoglobin?

So can any flu vaccine cause low hemoglobin?

No: flu vaccine isn't a known cause for low hemoglobin ...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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What are the negatives of getting a flu vaccine?

What are the negatives of getting a flu vaccine?

Flu shots are GOOD.: Flu shot side effects may include: slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. If headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain occur they usually resolve within one to two days. You won't get the flu from a flu shot because the virus either contains inactivated virus or doesn't have virus particles in it. Severe side effects are rare. ...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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How many doses of the flu vaccine does my baby need?

How many doses of the flu vaccine does my baby need?

Depends on...: Whether your baby has received flu vaccine in previous years. It's 2 doses a month apart for the 1st year that a child under 9 years old gets flu vaccine. Every year after that is 1 dose per year. Children 9 years and older are always 1 dose per year. Children 24 months and older may have the nasal mist instead of the injection, as long as they don't have asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. ...Read more

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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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Which medicine can you take after receiving the flu vaccine?

Which medicine can you take after receiving the flu vaccine?

Any med: I am not sure what you mean. You should be able to take any of your regular meds. ...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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Can you tell me what is the name of the new egg free flu vaccine?

Flucelvax ; Flublok: Both are approved for use in adults age 18 and over. Flublok is currently approved for adults 18-49 years old. ...Read more

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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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How many times can a 4 year old have a shot of flu vaccine in one year?

How many times can a 4 year old have a shot of flu vaccine in one year?

4yr old flu shot: If he had flu shots before only once a year.But if it is the first time then two doses 1 month apart to be given and than once ayear. ...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