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If I get flu immunization, how do I know what happens when you get it? Can I die from it?

If I get flu immunization, how do I know what happens when you get it? Can I die from it?

Confusing question: The flu vaccine is composed of purified, non-living material that represents the common flu strains for the year. The immediate effect is transient injection pain followed by soreness in the muscle for a day or less. There is a trace amount of egg protein which limits its use for those with significant egg allergy. For others, the vaccine is quite safe and effective. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more


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Will getting the Hib immunization help prevent the flu in my exposed baby?

Will getting the Hib immunization help prevent the flu in my exposed baby?

No: Hib prevents against haemophilus influenzae which is a bacteria and unrelated to the influenza virus. To protect against the flu virus the actual flu shot is needed. ...Read more

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Why can't I get immune to flu naturally without a vaccine?

Why can't I get immune to flu naturally without a vaccine?

The viruses are: Constantly mutating. Studies are done to see which strains are most likely to be problematic each year. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to spread the flu from getting a vaccine?

Are there any ways to spread the flu from getting a vaccine?

Theoretically...: The injectable flu vaccine is made from killed flu virus--so no, the "flu shot" can not spread the flu. The nasal spray flu vaccine (flumist) is a live, weakened mixture of 3 different flu viruses. It has been "engineered not to cause the flu", yet one of the precautions is that persons with a weakened immune system should not obtain it. So, theoretically, a person with a weak immune system might. ...Read more

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What are the different types of flu. Does the vaccine I received protect me?

What are the different types of flu. Does the vaccine I received protect me?

Too numerous: 60% effective predicted this year but variable with ingredients and what flu gets spread!! ...Read more

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What exactly makes up a flu shot vaccine?

What exactly makes up a flu shot vaccine?

Not live...: The flu vaccine does not have any live flu virus. Rather, it consists of killed virus or protein from the virus. Your immune system then reacts against the virus protein and makes antibodies so that if your body then is exposed to the actual virus, the antibodies needed to kill it are already there. This prevents you from getting sick from the virus since the antibodies kill it first! ...Read more

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What flu vaccine should I use?

Depends: For an average healthy person, either injectable quadrivalent flu vaccine or inhaled quadrivalent flu vaccine would be reasonable choices. But if there is an egg allergy, any immune problems, or certain other complicating factors, that would impact which vaccine is used. This should be discussed between you and your doctor. ...Read more

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

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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What are the negatives of getting a flu vaccine?

What are the negatives of getting a flu vaccine?

Flu shots are GOOD.: 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

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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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Is there a vaccine for preventing the "stomach flu"?

Is there a vaccine for preventing the "stomach flu"?

Not specificly: Although the polio vaccine & the rotovirus vaccine cover two germs that cause a diarrheal illness, there is none for the broad range of enteroviruses that cause the stomach flu. ...Read more

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How does giving you a mild case of the flu work as a vaccine against the actual flu?

How does giving you a mild case of the flu work as a vaccine against the actual flu?

Differs with vaccine: The injectible flu vaccine is a dead & does not give anyone the flu but some may have a mild reaction to the vaccine. The body develops antibodies to the dead flu "bodies" just as if they were alive, protecting you from flu. The living nasal mist is a weakened live flu preparation that can give some mild flu sx, but you develop protective antibodies without developing full blown flu disease. ...Read more

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Been sick for 10 days. Been to Dr they say influenza but didn't do swab. Not getting better. Could I die from flu? Had vaccine. Read about death myage

Likely not influenza: Hi - given your symptoms influenza is not likely unless you have other symptoms besides the ones listed above. Flu symptoms include cough, fever, chills; also commonly muscle aches especially in the legs. Your lack of respiratory symptoms makes me worry about another virus OR another illness entirely. Very few healthy adults die from flu. ...Read more

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Caught flu from son's flumist vaccine, what to do?

Caught flu from son's flumist vaccine, what to do?

See below: Normal healthy individual with intact immune system does not get infected by vaccine strain which is attenuated. If you are known to be immunocompromized, you may need to see infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Can you get the flu from the vaccine if inactivated?

Can you get the flu from the vaccine if inactivated?

No: You cannot get the flu from a dead germ. The injectable forms of the flu vaccine are dead. The nasal spray has a weakened live germ & some folks have problems with it. ...Read more

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How expensive is the flu vaccine?

How expensive is the flu vaccine?

Varies by Location: If you have insurance it is covered by most insurance without any copay and is available at most drug stores like CVS/WALGREN and others. Also available at your doctor' office
If you have no insurance it may cost you approx. 25 to 30 dollars in NJ. Price may vary in other states ...Read more

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What foriegn countries supply flu vaccine for the usa?

What foriegn countries supply flu vaccine for the usa?

Several!: According to their package info, Fluzone and FluMist are made in the US. Fluvirin is made in the UK, Flulaval in Canada, Fluarix in Germany, and Afluria in Australia. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of flu vaccine?

What are the side effects of flu vaccine?

SIDE EFFECTS: I agree with my other colleagues who have answered this question. I would just like to add that there is a facet to vaccinations that one might want to educate themselves on and that is the topic of adjuvants and preservatives. The space here is too short to discuss this. I recommend going to websites like www. Mercola. Com and www. Russellblaylockmd. Com. ...Read more

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What are the proven advantages of the flu vaccine?

What are the proven advantages of the flu vaccine?

Agree w Dr. Lahage: If you have ever had influenza - you would probably want to avoid going through that suffering again. If you have influenza and pass it on to another - the illness could cause significant morbidity or even death. ...Read more

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I'm taking buserlin can I have my flu vaccine still?

Flu shot likely ok: Buserelin is a medication that is a chemical which alters the secretion of certain hormones from the pituitary gland. Getting a flu shot should be fine. If one is interested in getting a FluMist nasal live-virus flu vaccine, he should ask the doctor prescribing the buserelin whether or not the nasal vaccine would change the absorption of buserelin nasal spray. ...Read more

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Could I have caught the flu from son's flumist vaccine?

Could I have caught the flu from son's flumist vaccine?

No: The FluMist is a weakened but living combination of several flu strains. You can acquire the living FluMist germs and have a reaction to them, the same as you would if you had received the vaccine directly. You will not get the stronger wild flu strains from that product. ...Read more

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What are the negatives, if any, of getting the flu vaccine?

What are the negatives, if any, of getting the flu vaccine?

Hardly any: Flu vaccine is very safe. Vast majority of people will have nothing worse than a slightly sore upper arm. Even if you get the flu later in the season it's likely to be mild. It's recommended for nearly everyone. Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to get the flu shot because they are more susceptible to complications including death. People who have chronic conditions should get it too. ...Read more

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Is it going to be mandatory that everyone be given the flu vaccine?

Not likely: Vaccinations are not mandatory and except in a national emergency, government is not likely to mandate vaccination. ...Read more

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What is bird flu vaccine?

What is bird flu vaccine?

Bird Flu Vaccine: Vaccine to protect against avian influenza (bird flu) also known as strain h5n1. This is different from the annual flu shot and the recent swine flu vaccine h1n1. The vaccine is kept in stockpiles for use in the event of an outbreak. Currently it is not a routine vaccine since avian flu rarely infects humans. People who work with poultry are most likely to be infected. ...Read more

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Should I get the flu vaccine ?

Should I get the flu vaccine ?

Yes: Anyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu vaccination to help prevent catching influenza a or b, or the h1n1 swine flu. One can skip the vaccination if he is allergic to it. People at higher risk for severe influenza symptoms include pregnant women, the elderly, the immunosuppressed, asthmatics, young children and babies, etc... High-risk persons should definitely get vaccinated. ...Read more

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Do I need a flu vaccine going to china?

Do I need a flu vaccine going to china?

Yes: You will need seasonal vaccines like the flu shot plus others specific to the duration and areas involved in your visit. You can find corrent information at the cdc website. Go to www. Cdc. Gov/travel and put in your destination country to bring up the details. ...Read more

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Would the swine flu vaccine actually help you?

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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I'm wondering how safe is the swine flu vaccine?

Very safe: 2/3 of those getting the flu vaccine have no side effects. 1/3 can have a sore arm and fever. ...Read more