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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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Where can I get a flu vaccination that is thiomersal-free?

Where can I get a flu vaccination that is thiomersal-free?

Flu shot: Influenza vaccine for adults contain tiny amounts of thimerosal. Flu vaccines without it are also available at your doctor , the health department of your community or some pharmacies.. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, if I am allergic to the pertussis vaccine is it safe to get a meningitis vaccine?

It may not affect at: All, many antibiotics are safe to take when preg so assuming you took a safe one then u should be fine, if u took ones that are not then your OB can discuss possible complications with you. ...Read more

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Can I get the flu vaccine if I'm allergic to eggs?

Can I get the flu vaccine if I'm allergic to eggs?

Depends: All egg allergies are not the same.Those with a minor rash arising within a day of egg exposure may be allergic but the reaction is mild.If the reaction involves almost immediate lip swelling,extensive hives, shortness of breath or wheezing it is anaphylaxis. In the first scenario,a flu shot is probably fine, when monitored in a doctors office.In the second, the regular flu vaccine should be avoid ...Read more

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I'm allergic to eggs, is there a type of flu shot that I can get?

I'm allergic to eggs, is there a type of flu shot that I can get?

Depends...: The cdc changed their recommendation based on studies which show safety in people with mild egg allergies who get hives, but have not had anaphylaxis. With mild egg allergy, the person should be watched carefully for 30 minutes after the shot and it should be given by a physician with experience dealing with such people. For more information: http://www.Cdc.Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6033a3.Htm. ...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 is in a tdap vaccine? Can you get it while pregnant?

What is in a tdap vaccine? Can you get it while pregnant?

Yes It is recommende: Tdap Vaccine contains antigen for thre diseases T for Tatanus D for Diptheria P for Pertusis (Whooping Cough)I It is recmmended to be given to Pregnant Mothers between 27 and 36 weeks of gestation to pass the passive immunity for Pertussis to the New Born Even if she has had this vaccine ...Read more

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What is in a tdap vaccine? Can you get it while pregnant?

What is in a tdap vaccine? Can you get it while pregnant?

3 diseases in one: This contains tetanus vaccine, diptheria vaccine and attenuated ( softened) pertussis vaccine. Yes! We want pregnant moms to be immunized for pertussis. This kills babies. ...Read more

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Is it okay that i get the flu jab/vaccine?

Of course: Sure, it's ok. If it wasn't ok, the vaccine wouldn't be approved and we wouldn't be recommending it. ...Read more

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I have season allergies and get hay fever. Is it fine to not take any medication for that. I just think it protects me more from pathogens.

I have season allergies and get hay fever. Is it fine to not take any medication for that. I just think it protects me more from pathogens.

Not likely: "allergy" drugs simply control your symptoms and have really no direct effect on pathogens. This is an issue of your immune system and its ability to ward off thiese "bugs". Good Luck ...Read more

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Can I get my daughter the MMR vaccine if she has an allergy? What are some good sources?

Can I get my daughter the MMR vaccine if she has an allergy? What are some good sources?

Yes, except for. . .: Healthy children should get two MMR shots to protect them from measles, mumps, and rubella. Measles is a severe disease and extremely contagious. Children with anaphylaxis (a type of immediate allergic reaction) to gelatin (jello), eggs, or neomycin (an antibiotic) should talk with pediatricians before getting MMR shots. Mmr does not contain mercury nor aluminum, and is not related to autism. ...Read more

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Due to a reaction I had to the flu shot as a kid pharmacists won't give me one. What can I do to prevent the flu otherwise??

Due to a reaction I had to the flu shot as a kid pharmacists won't give me one. What can I do to prevent the flu otherwise??

Reexamine Reaction !: Please determine what reaction you had. It may not always be medically confirmed. There is no better way to prevent flu,than the vaccination. Mega vitamins, fluids, rest and discussed but not proven tobe effective prevention tools. Good hand washing, avoiding crowded places will held. If symptoms suggestive of flu are seen contact your doctor for a test swab and get treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Vaccine for hep B does it mean i woudnot never get the virus even if i exposed to it from patient with virus?is there also booster vaccine and when?

You need to get the: whole vaccine sequence in order to be protected. It has a series of 2 boosters in short sequence from the initial vaccine. Your body's immune system needs to recognize it, to react to it, and if you're missing the sequencing, then you're inadequately protected. It's not like tetanus shot, where you need a booster every 10 years. You just need to complete it once. Adolescent dosing is different. ...Read more

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What happens if someone in your household has the flu, is it too late to get a flu shot?

What happens if someone in your household has the flu, is it too late to get a flu shot?

Influenza: It usually takes about two weeks for the Flu shot to provide you with protection. But antivirals (Tamiflu, Relenza, (zanamivir) Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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Why is it that someone on an immune compromising drug cant get vaccines(all?) or be around those who got live flu vaccines? How serious r the concerns

Why is it that someone on an immune compromising drug cant get vaccines(all?) or be around those who got live flu vaccines? How serious r the concerns

No live vaccines: You should not be vaccinated. No contact with live vaccinated individuals, like MMR, Varicella, Rotavirus, etc. Your body will not mount an appropriate response , so you should not be given any vaccines, unless indicated by your doctor. ...Read more

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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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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?

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?

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

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What happened in 1976 with gbs and the swine flu vaccine?

What happened in 1976 with gbs and the swine flu vaccine?

Sl. increase GBS: Guillian-barre syndrom (gbs) is a rare condition causing weakness and even paralysis. It usually heals well. Getting gbs from a vaccine is extremely rare, but in 1976 a slight increase in gbs occurred in people who got the swine flu vaccine. The CDC monitors for gbs associated with any vaccines closely. You chance of complications of flu are far greater than for gbs. ...Read more

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Experts, might someone recommend giving a swine flu vaccine to an autistic child?

Yes: Modern medicine has few cures. Vaccines have been the most dramatic of treatments that we have. Autism due to vaccinations have been disproven multiple times and the researcher who originally proposed this was found to have fabricated his research. Your pcp should advise as to what vaccines are appropriate. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of swine flu vaccine how long it will take to appear the symptoms?

What are the side effects of swine flu vaccine how long it will take to appear the symptoms?

Very little: long list of potential-side effects , in reality and practically very little side effects local pain and mild fever possible for 1-2 days ...Read more

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Is there a swine flu vaccine?

Which one ?: The general label "swine flu" has been applied to several strains of flu. A vaccine was developed to the H1N1 that circulated in 2009, and included in several seasonal flu shots since that time. Since other strains have also carried this non-specific label, you need to be more specific for a firm answer. ...Read more

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Would the swine flu vaccine actually help you?

See below: The swine flu was a specific type of h1n1 flu virus. If the type of h1n1 causing disease matches the type in the vaccine, then yes. ...Read more

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What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

Swine flu revisited: Swine flu is one of the flu variants that has developed over the last 5-10 years. It just as contagious as the regular flu.As a matter of fact it is a component of this years flu shot and we considerate to be about 85percent effective. ...Read more

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Do you have to be at least 14 weeks pregnant to get the swine flu vaccine?

Do you have to be at least 14 weeks pregnant to get the swine flu vaccine?

No: Recent studies have shown that h1n1 vaccine is safe at any stage of pregnancy. However, as a general it would be safer to not expose the fetus to extraneous issues before 12 weeks of gestation. ...Read more

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Can i get my 7 month old baby the swine flu shot ?

Can i get my 7 month old baby the swine flu shot ?

Yes: It is part of the current flu shot. There is a special formulation for kids under 3yo and 2 doses a month apart provide the best protection the first year the shot is given. ...Read more

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I have never had a flu shot in my life and when I was 11 or 12 I got the swine flu is it possible to get it again ?

I have never had a flu shot in my life and when I was 11 or 12 I got the swine flu is it possible to get it again ?

Yes: The "flu" you had when you were 11 or 12 may not have been the swine flu but some other flu looking like swine flu. Call your family physician and set up a flu shot when the season is appropriate in your part of Texas. Flu shots are safe & effective & good insurance for not becoming ill. ...Read more

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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


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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more