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Is it still recommended to get a flu shot and the swine flu vaccine?

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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Influenza (Definition)

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


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Can someone tell me if the h1n1 (swine flu) vaccine is the only flu shot available now?

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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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get plenty of sleep
daily
Avoid contact with sick people
Once
Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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Are you allowed the flu shot or the swine flu vaccine even though you are pregnant?

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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Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

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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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/stooling uncontrollably
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Hydrate yourself to keep up with your losses. Water is best.
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent spread of stomach viruses
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How soon after a tetanus shot is it safe to get a flu vaccine?

How soon after a tetanus shot is it safe to get a flu vaccine?

Right away: The tetanus vaccine and influenza vaccine are not live vaccines and should, therefore not interfere with your immune systems' response to each individual vaccine. ...Read more

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Is the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

Is the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

2 dose flu vaccine: When 2 dose vaccination is used for children – the second dose should be administered 28 days after the first. Dose #1 “primes the immune system" & dose #2 provides the actual protection. ...Read more

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Could the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

Could the 2nd shot of flu vaccine still effective?

Yes: When 2 dose vaccination is used for children – the second dose should be administered 28 days after the first. Dose #1 “primes the immune system” & dose #2 provides the actual protection. ...Read more

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Vaccinations (Definition)

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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Flu (Definition)

Flu is also known as Influenza. Influenza (aka "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


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