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None.: Nothing in flu vaccine prevents anything but flu. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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 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 more
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!
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Common Occurrence: All injectable vaccines work by stimulating your immune system. This stimulation can often result in some soreness and mild tenderness at the injection site for a few days. ...Read more
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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 more
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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When is the recommended time/season to get influenza vaccine? Also, can one take the vaccine during a cold and/or fever?
As soon as available: The flu vaccine will generally protect against 3-4 strains of flu.That protection is good for at least a year and likely several, but only against the strains included in the vaccine.The flu mutates often, and every year 5+ strains circle the globe, so effectiveness of a given shot varies year to year, but must be given yearly to keep up with mutated strains. It can be taken during a cold/fever. ...Read more
Yes: Sneezing is not a required reaction to the vaccine. I, myself, receive this vaccine every year (I am an admitted needle weenie) and have never sneezed after receiving it. ...Read more
Liver transplant: Solid-organ transplant recipients benefit from consistent immunization practices. Recommended vaccines include pneumovax, hepatitis A and B, influenza, and tetanus-diphtheria. Specific contraindications exist for other vaccines, such as yellow fever, oral polio vaccine, bacillus Calmette-Guerin, and vaccinia. Clin Microbiol Rev. Jul 2003; 16(3): 357364. ...Read more
My son 7mnths had 2nd dose of influenza vaccine 2 weeks bck. Now m noticing brown medium-sized spot on thigh.no swelling.should I be worried?
Usually not: One usually does not need to worry if there is only a colored spot where a vaccine shot was given. The color may be from blood cells in the area of the shot. Because the needle pokes through things, there is a tiny amount of bleeding from the things that got poked through. Those blood cells leak out of tiny vessels, but the coloring should go away over a few weeks. ...Read more
I've been having nosebleeds; 1 a day, for the past 4-5 days. The last 1 was severe. Recently had a typhoid & influenza vaccine, is this related?
Nose bleed: Most nose bleeds can be attributed to severe dryness of the nasal mucosa causing capillaries to break. This dryness can be caused by allergies. I do not think there is a relationship between the vaccines and nose bleed. Over the counter nasal mists can help in preventing further nose bleeds. If continues seek consultation with your primary doctor. ...Read more
I recently received mmr, td or tdap and influenza vaccine at once. Days later, I developed pain in the joints, stiffness. Is this a side effect?
Yes: These symptoms could be from td or flu shots. Temporary. ...Read more