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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. Heidi Fowler
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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


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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

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