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How long should you wait after being sick before getting a flu shot?

How long should you wait after being sick before getting a flu shot?

It depends....: If you have a simple cold, even with a low grade fever, you may receive a flu vaccine. If your fever is above 101, i would wait until you feel better before receiving the vaccine. Keep in mind however, that the sooner you become immunized, the sooner you will be protected! if york are less than 50 years old and do not have active asthma, you may want to consider the nasal flu vaccine, flumist. ...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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How long should you wait after a tetanus shot to get a flu shot?

How long should you wait after a tetanus shot to get a flu shot?

Don't: There is no reason to wait between these vaccines.They can be given the same day and give protection as well as if separated. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait to get the tdap shot after getting a flu shot? Also when are they effective?

How long do I need to wait to get the tdap shot after getting a flu shot?  Also when are they effective?

You don't need to wt: Tdap can be given on the same day or in days prior to and after a flu shot. They do not interfere with each other so they can be given any time they are available. ...Read more

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I am curious what is the side affects of the 2016-2017 flu shot and how long should I wait to get my flu shot.?

I am curious what is the side affects of the 2016-2017 flu shot and how long should I wait to get my flu shot.?

No different 2015: overall no difference in side effects from last year right now would be a good time to get flu shot as it take few weeks to get immunity and full benefit ...Read more

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I am suppose to start taking prednisone for 10 days for chronic sinus infections. Im getting a flu shot tomorrow. how long should I wait to take it?

I am suppose to start taking prednisone for 10 days for chronic sinus infections. Im getting a flu shot tomorrow. how long should I wait to take it?

Take them now: You can safely take them both. Especially if you have had no issues with either the flu shot or prednisone. If you have bad sinusitis symptoms, use nasal treatments and saline as possible. ...Read more

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Can you get sick with the flu shot?

Can you get sick with the flu shot?

Not with the flu: You may experience flu-like symptoms while your body's immune system is responding to the vaccine challenge, but the vaccines usually are a killed virus (there is a weakened live virus form available to healthy persons between 2-49 y/o). ...Read more

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Could someone get sick from a flu shot?

Could someone get sick from a flu shot?

Flu Shots: 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. ...Read more

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Can i still get sick with the flu shot?

Can i still get sick with the flu shot?

Confusing question: Not all strains of flu make it into the vaccine so some may get a flu from one of these other strains even if they got a "flu" shot early on. You can also have a mild to moderate systemic reaction to the vaccine if you are allergic to eggs or any other component in the vaccine. Last but not least, you can get ill from something unrelated to the flu shot that you were incubating when you got it. ...Read more

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Should I get a flu shot if i've been sick?

Should I get a flu shot if i've been sick?

Yes: If you have recovered , yes. If are suffering a minor illness, yes. If you are suffering currently a more severe illness, such as pneumonia, your doctor may want to delay. ...Read more

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Can you actually get sick after a flu shot?

Side effects: 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. ...Read more

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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