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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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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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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?

Flu vaccine : All flu vaccine that are administered as shot are considered killed flu vaccines and you can not spread the flu infection from getting the vaccine. There is a live flu vaccine that is a spray in the nose and that theoretically can be spread. ...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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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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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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With activated vaccine can you get flu from flu shot?

With activated vaccine can you get flu from flu shot?

Nasal vs injected: What you mean by activated is unclear. There is no activated vaccine I am aware of. The injected vaccine is prepared from inactivated (killed) virus & cannot give you the flu. You can develop a shot reaction (mild) but it is not the flu. The nasal mist is a much weakened but live virus & rarely causes a mild flu like illness, but far less intense than a regular flu would be. ...Read more

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Can you get the flu even though you had gotten the vaccine?

Can you get the flu even though you had gotten the vaccine?

Yes: Not everybody develops an adequate immune response to the vaccine, you may be infected with a different strain of virus than the one contained in the vaccine, or you may have an influenzal-like illness which is unrelated to the virus. ...Read more

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Is it still possible to get the flu even if you got a vaccine?

Sure: Vaccines are rarely 100% effective, and sometimes the flu strain in circulation isn't the one that was predicted. ...Read more

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