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Influenza vaccine: Yes it is safe, but talk to the pediatrician about it. ...Read more
First Dose At 6 Mos: You asked "how old"...should your baby be to receive the "influenzaA vaccine"? The Influenza vaccine protects against A and B strains. Vaccination is recommended beginning at age 6 mos. Infants and children under 8 yrs will need a second dose one month later if this is the first time receiving a flu shot. Following this, one injection is required yearly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Side effects: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Coronoviruses and infuenza viruses are two different types of viruses so unfortunately immunity to one type does not give you protection from the other. In fact, there are many different strains of each virus and immunity to one strain only gives limited to no protection for other strains of the same type of virus. Both types of virus attack your respiratory system. ...Read more
A toddler who is 11 mmonths old, got an influenza vaccine that is reccomended for 36 months and older , is that dangerous for the 11mo. Old?
No: The only difference between the vaccine for under 36 months and older children is the dose (0.25ml vs 0.5ml) and under 36 mo vaccine has no preservative, it is not uncommon to use them interchangeably, with the appropriate dose age adjustment. I wouldn't worry. You did the right thing in getting your baby vaccinated. Influenza in infants can be very serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter got her first dose of the influenza vaccine 2 weeks ago and she needs the second will the first dose offer any kind of protection?
Transient: It is common for kids under 6 to have 2 doses of flu vaccine the first year in an effort to generate a stronger antibody production. Some may have good response to the initial dose, but studies show many do not achieve expected levels of protection unless the 2nd dose is given. ...Read more
I Frequently catch colds, will taking influenza vaccine be beneficial? If so, When and how frequently I should take the vaccine to prevent colds?
May increase colds!: Influenza vaccine is purely to prevent influenza. It not only does nothing to reduce risk of colds but a recent well-conducted placebo-controlled study showed those who got flu vaccine had 4.4 times more non-influenza respiratory infections in the following 9 months! While those who got flu vaccine had slightly lower incidence of flu the diff. was not significant! See http://tinyurl.com/gqhfl95 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Maybe: If chick embryos are involved with its production, no. Please consult your pediatrician. This is important. Ok? Good. ...Read more
Yes: Residents should be able to refuse an influenza vaccine as consent is required. Although influenza vaccine should be strongly encouraged as the benefits outweight the risks. Influenza can blow through a nursing home causing serious and life-threatening illness; the more vaccinated, the better in order to reduce potential for spread. ...Read more
My toddler recieved influenza vaccine in February this year booster in March. Does she need this years new influenza vaccine now?
Yes: The vaccine she received in February was formulated to cover the strains that were predicted/seen for the Winter 2013-2014 season. This Winter 2014-2015 may have different strains present thus a completely different vaccine is formulated so receiving the new influenza vaccine is recommended. ...Read more
Yes: The 2011-2012 seasonal influenza vaccine was designed to protect against influenza a h3n2, influenza b and the h1n1 strain of influenza. Each year, the vaccine is designed to protect against the three strains that are predicted to be the most common in the upcoming influenza season. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergy to flu shot: The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people have had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. Potential allergic rxn's could include hives, difficulty breathing, ...Read more
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