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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Board Certified, Pediatrics
25 years in practice
550K people helped
Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Influenza vaccine: Influenza virus changes each year therefore every year new vaccines are made to cover the most likely circulating strains of the virus. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,798 doctors shared insights

Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (the "flu") is a contagious respiratory viral illness that can cause mild to severe illness including death. There is treatment available to decrease symptoms, but it is better to prevent the flu is by getting ...Read more


Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
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How good are the preservative free flu vaccine?And what's the difference from the regular flu shot?

Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
72M people helped
How good are the preservative free flu vaccine?And what's the  difference from the regular flu shot?

Any flu shot better : Than none. Thimerosal is preservative used in multi-dose vials of flu vaccines while single-dose vials are preservative free. Other than that, there is no difference between the actual active flu shot. The preservative is used to prevent contamination when a multi-dose vial is punctured several times. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/complex-regional-pain-syndrome/ds00265 for more info. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Is it still recommended to get a flu shot and the swine flu vaccine?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
Is it still recommended to get a flu shot and the swine flu vaccine?

H1N1 vaccine (swine): The most recent (last 2 yrs) have had the h1n1 strain as part of the regular flu shot in the us. There would be no benefit in seeking out older single strain h1n1. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Can someone tell me if the h1n1 (swine flu) vaccine is the only flu shot available now?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
Can someone tell me if the h1n1 (swine flu) vaccine is the only flu shot available now?

Confusing question: The h1n1 is one of three or four strains in the flu vaccine prepared for the 2013-2014 season. It is also the predominant strain responsible for most serious cases of flu this year. The single strain h1n1 flu vaccine was only produces during the 2009 season when the strain emerged in the preseason(april) but was not in the regular vaccine produced that year. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Are you allowed the flu shot or the swine flu vaccine even though you are pregnant?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
Are you allowed the flu shot or the swine flu vaccine even though you are pregnant?

Yes: The inactivated (not the nasal) vaccine can be lifesaving for the mother. It has no bad effects on the baby. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant?during pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding?why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
145M people helped
Is it important to take flu vaccine while pregnant?during pregnancy is safer or during breastfeeding?why take the flu shot while pregnant?

Death or disability: We lost 2 pregnant moms during the 2009 flu outbreak in my medium sized town. Flu is potentially deadly during pregnancy and the inactivated flu injection can help you avoid it. ...Read more

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Dr. Frank Butera
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Ok so I have the influenza B virus had flu shot so has my 5 year old so if she did contract it would symptoms be milder?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Ok so I have the influenza B virus had flu shot so has my 5 year old so if she did contract it would symptoms be milder?

MAYBE: Every year a number of flu strains circle the globe and various sites keep track and report their activity. Vaccine makers pick 3-4 strains in early spring to put in the fall shot, based on those with the most activity.Too many strains would weaken the individual strength against each strain.With luck, the vaccine will boost general flu immunity enough to make it mild for those who get it anyway ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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There are over 200 strains of the influenza virus. How many of those does the flu shot prevent?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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There are over 200 strains of the influenza virus. How many of those does the flu shot prevent?

2014 – 2015 Flu Shot: Trivalent works against 3 influenza viruses – Influenza A viruses (H3N2 & H1N1) & 1 influenza B virus. Quadrivalent & the live attenuated Influenza vaccine work against these & a second influenza B virus. ...Read more

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Dr. Glenn Messina
Board Certified, Aesthetic Medicine
30 years in practice
1M people helped
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Had flu shot in mid november -- tested positive for influenza a after a very mild illness. How did i get the flu? Am 22 weeks pregnant.

Dr. Glenn Messina
Board Certified, Aesthetic Medicine
30 years in practice
1M people helped
Had flu shot in mid november -- tested positive for influenza a after a very mild illness. How did i get the flu? Am 22 weeks pregnant.

Aprox 80% effective: First the flu shot takes 3 weeks to build full immunity so next year take it late october this way when the season starts ( nov in the ne) you are ready. Influenza affects about 20% of the population an the vaccine gives about 80% immunity if correctly paired to the current strain. In your case you did get flu but had some immunity since it was mild. Stay hydrated! ...Read more

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