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How is it that I can get the h1n1 swine flu vaccine if I have an egg allergy?

How is it that I can get the h1n1 swine flu vaccine if I have an egg allergy?

No egg in vaccine: Viruses used to make influenza & MMR vaccines are grown on hen's eggs. The manufacturing process removes all egg from mmr. A few lots of flu vaccine retain traces of egg & may cause problems in patients with egg anaphylaxis. Most such patients can receive flu vaccine with appropriate safety measures either skin testing to vaccine before injection or vaccinating in 2 doses, the 1st a low test dose. ...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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What are the best alternatives to the swine flu vaccine if you have severe allergies to eggs?

What are the best alternatives to the swine flu vaccine if you have severe allergies to eggs?

Depends on reaction: Many recent reports have documented that flu vaccines have not caused severe allergic reactions when given to egg allergic individuals. Current guidelines advise that only those with history of anaphylaxis associated to eating egg should be referred to a specialist for skin test and if flu vaccine given, done with 30' observation and with graded dosing protocol. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if the h1n1 (swine flu) vaccine is the only flu shot available now?

Can someone tell me if the h1n1 (swine flu) vaccine is the only flu shot available now?

Confusing question: The h1n1 is one of three or four strains in the flu vaccine prepared for the 2013-2014 season. It is also the predominant strain responsible for most serious cases of flu this year. The single strain h1n1 flu vaccine was only produces during the 2009 season when the strain emerged in the preseason(april) but was not in the regular vaccine produced that year. ...Read more

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What are the odds an asthmatic 15 year old will get autism after swine flu vaccine?

What are the odds an asthmatic 15 year old will get autism after swine flu vaccine?

Zero: Regardless of the claims of vaccine haters, this is bunk. The injected flu vaccine is a non living material that stimulates the production of antibodies to specific strains of flu. The worst flu vaccine debacle of years past, occured in ~1977 with a vaccine rushed to production without today's safeguards. Gillian- barre syndrome occurred in some. Today's flu vaccines are safe and effective. ...Read more

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Is it still recommended to get a flu shot and the swine flu vaccine?

H1N1 vaccine (swine): The most recent (last 2 yrs) have had the h1n1 strain as part of the regular flu shot in the us. There would be no benefit in seeking out older single strain h1n1. ...Read more

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Could you think the swine flu vaccine is safe (as in you won't die if you get the shot?

Could you think the swine flu vaccine is safe (as in you won't die if you get the shot?

Think what you will: I believe in it and got it in september when it came in, just like I do every year. There has already been 4 flu deaths in texas this year from flu, and it looks to be a bad season.The vaccine haters spread lots of rumors, but to me the flu is real and deadly, the vaccine is safe. ...Read more

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What are reasons why not to get the swine flu vaccine?

What are reasons why not to get the swine flu vaccine?

Vaccinations: Don't get the FLU shot w/o consulting w a DR if you have had Guillain- Barre Syndrome, a history of severe allergic reactions to previous influenza vaccine or chicken eggs, have a current fever (moderate to severe) or are less than 6 months of age. ...Read more

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Flu/swine flu vaccine for 10 month old, is it a safe time for this?

Flu/swine flu vaccine for 10 month old, is it a safe time for this?

Yes: I started giving some to kids over 6 mo starting in september until my supply ran out. Good luck finding some infant doses this late in the season. ...Read more

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Can you please list the risks associated with the swine flu vaccine?

Safe to use: Swine flu is related to the strain that caused a world wide pandemic, felt to be the precurser of parkinson's disease in those infected. In more recent times, swine flu vaccine was associated with paralysis and in rare cased death. The current vaccines have not been associated with these problems. Vaccine can prevent swine flu or make the course less severe. ...Read more

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Can there be any danger with the swine flu vaccine?

Can there be any danger with the swine flu vaccine?

Vaccine: No greater risk of swine flu than any of the other vaccines that are given. Hope this helps! ...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


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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