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Influenza Vaccine Allergy In Children
Allergy to flu shot: 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. Potential allergic rxn's could include hives, difficulty breathing, ...Read more
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. Potential allergic rxn's could ...Read more
Side effects: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Influenza vaccine: Yes it is safe, but talk to the pediatrician about it. ...Read more
I Frequently catch colds, will taking influenza vaccine be beneficial? If so, When and how frequently I should take the vaccine to prevent colds?
May increase colds!: Influenza vaccine is purely to prevent influenza. It not only does nothing to reduce risk of colds but a recent well-conducted placebo-controlled study showed those who got flu vaccine had 4.4 times more non-influenza respiratory infections in the following 9 months! While those who got flu vaccine had slightly lower incidence of flu the diff. was not significant! See http://tinyurl.com/gqhfl95 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: The 2011-2012 seasonal influenza vaccine was designed to protect against influenza a h3n2, influenza b and the h1n1 strain of influenza. Each year, the vaccine is designed to protect against the three strains that are predicted to be the most common in the upcoming influenza season. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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When is the recommended time/season to get influenza vaccine? Also, can one take the vaccine during a cold and/or fever?
As soon as available: The flu vaccine will generally protect against 3-4 strains of flu.That protection is good for at least a year and likely several, but only against the strains included in the vaccine.The flu mutates often, and every year 5+ strains circle the globe, so effectiveness of a given shot varies year to year, but must be given yearly to keep up with mutated strains. It can be taken during a cold/fever. ...Read more
My son 7mnths had 2nd dose of influenza vaccine 2 weeks bck. Now m noticing brown medium sized spot on thigh.no swelling.should I be worried ?
Usually not: One usually does not need to worry if there is only a colored spot where a vaccine shot was given. The color may be from blood cells in the area of the shot. Because the needle pokes through things, there is a tiny amount of bleeding from the things that got poked through. Those blood cells leak out of tiny vessels, but the coloring should go away over a few weeks. ...Read more
First Dose At 6 Mos: You asked "how old"...should your baby be to receive the "influenzaA vaccine"? The Influenza vaccine protects against A and B strains. Vaccination is recommended beginning at age 6 mos. Infants and children under 8 yrs will need a second dose one month later if this is the first time receiving a flu shot. Following this, one injection is required yearly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: If chick embryos are involved with its production, no. Please consult your pediatrician. This is important. Ok? Good. ...Read more
Yes: Residents should be able to refuse an influenza vaccine as consent is required. Although influenza vaccine should be strongly encouraged as the benefits outweight the risks. Influenza can blow through a nursing home causing serious and life-threatening illness; the more vaccinated, the better in order to reduce potential for spread. ...Read more
My toddler recieved influenza vaccine in February this year booster in March. Does she need this years new influenza vaccine now?
Yes: The vaccine she received in February was formulated to cover the strains that were predicted/seen for the Winter 2013-2014 season. This Winter 2014-2015 may have different strains present thus a completely different vaccine is formulated so receiving the new influenza vaccine is recommended. ...Read more
Yes: Sneezing is not a required reaction to the vaccine. I, myself, receive this vaccine every year (i am an admitted needle weenie) and have never sneezed after receiving it. ...Read more
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
Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more
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