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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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Can I drink alcohol after received the flu shot...??? or any shot...??? thank you...

Can I drink alcohol after received the flu shot...??? or any shot...??? thank you...

Yes: You can drink alcohol after getting vaccinations but remember that some vaccinations may cause a low grade fever as a side effect and the alcohol would make you feel even more tired and achy. If you have alcohol after an immunization limit it to one drink only ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how long is the flu shot effective?

I'm curious as to how long is the flu shot effective?

Define effective: The flu strains mutate often. Each year the predominant strains change. The flu vaccine is developed yearly using 3 strains that are circulating and already causing flu in so many places that a they are expected to continue.The vaccine stimulate production of antibodies to the included strains that last for years. However, the flu mutates so often, the benefit can be limited to one season. ...Read more

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Pain in upper left arm after the flu shot. How long it lasts?

Pain in upper left arm after the flu shot. How long it lasts?

1-2 days: Local adverse reactions like soreness, swelling and redness usually begin soon after the shot and last 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Got the flu and on tamiflu (oseltamivir). Fever 2 degrees above norm. How long will fever typically last? I did have my flu shot. Tx

Got the flu and on tamiflu (oseltamivir). Fever 2 degrees  above  norm. How long will fever typically last?  I did have my flu shot.  Tx

Shortens duration: A flu shot may not have been the one for the strain of virus you have. Taking tamiflu (oseltamivir) before can ward of the flu, and if taken right away usually it shortens the duration of symptoms. Feel better! ...Read more

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How long should I wait before taking Advil (ibuprofen) after the flu shot?

How long should I wait before taking Advil (ibuprofen) after the flu shot?

Doesn't matter: The advil (ibuprofen) will not make any significant difference in the way the flu shot builds protection for you. Take it if you feel the need. ...Read more

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Could I be allergic to just dippy-cooked eggs? It seems like I can eat scrambled and hard-boiled eggs. What's it mean for vaccines like the flu shot?

Could I be allergic to just dippy-cooked eggs? It seems like I can eat scrambled and hard-boiled eggs. What's it mean for vaccines like the flu shot?

Yes: Some egg allergic individuals are able to tolerate well cooked or baked egg, but have issues with under cooked or raw egg. There is no specific recommendations on how well to cook eggs, and care needs to be taken. I would recommend evaluation by a board certified allergist. For the Flu shot- The amount of allergen in the vaccine in minimal, unless you reacted in the past get the vaccine ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more