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Should i give my children the flu shot?

Should i give my children the flu shot?

I do.: It really upsets me to see my children feeling miserable. I want to protect them. ...Read more

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Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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Can i still get sick with the flu shot?

Can i still get sick with the flu shot?

Confusing question: Not all strains of flu make it into the vaccine so some may get a flu from one of these other strains even if they got a "flu" shot early on. You can also have a mild to moderate systemic reaction to the vaccine if you are allergic to eggs or any other component in the vaccine. Last but not least, you can get ill from something unrelated to the flu shot that you were incubating when you got it. ...Read more

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Is it bad that I gave my baby the flu shot?

Is it bad that I gave my baby the flu shot?

If over age: 6 months then it is good that your baby received a flu shot. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how long is the flu shot effective?

I'm curious as to how long is the flu shot effective?

Define effective: The flu strains mutate often. Each year the predominant strains change. The flu vaccine is developed yearly using 3 strains that are circulating and already causing flu in so many places that a they are expected to continue.The vaccine stimulate production of antibodies to the included strains that last for years. However, the flu mutates so often, the benefit can be limited to one season. ...Read more

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I always feel a little ill after the flu shot, why is this?

I always feel a little ill after the flu shot, why is this?

Normal Reaction: This is a normal reaction to the shot, the viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that could occur are: soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given fever (low grade) aches if these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last 1 to 2 days. - cdc. ...Read more

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What to do if i got my flu shot and was exposed to the flu. Advice?

What to do if i got my flu shot and was exposed to the flu. Advice?

If you already had: The influenza vaccine and are exposed to the virus you may not get an infection or you may have an infection of milder severity (than without flu shot). ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had my flu shot and was exposed to the flu. Advice?

What do you suggest if i had my flu shot and was exposed to the flu. Advice?

Influenza Vaccine: According to the CDC, it usually takes a couple of weeks for the body to develop antibodies to the influenza virus after vaccination. At that point it will have protective value. ...Read more

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I did not get sick when i took the shot so does tmy have to do with the flu shot?

I did not get sick when i took the shot so does tmy have to do with the flu shot?

Not sure: Understand your question. No side effects from inluenza shot is fine. 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. ...Read more

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I'm scared of the flu shot making me sick but need to get it what could happen if it does make sick?

I'm scared of the flu shot making me sick but need to get it what could happen if it does make sick?

Depends on Ur system: A person can always have a reaction to a component of the vaccine, including a trace amount of preservative or egg protein.The vaccine itself is dead, not alive & this seasons vaccine has had less pain or reactions associated with it than last seasons.Most centers will have you wait for at least 15-30 min after the shot to see if you have the scary kind of rxn so treatment can be given. ...Read more

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I think I am coming down with the flu, and we did not give our baby the flu shot. What should I do?

I think I am coming down with the flu, and we did not give our baby the flu shot.  What should I do?

Stay away: If in fact you have infection with the influenza virus this is very easily transmitted to those around you. The probability is that baby has already been exposed, but if you are uncertain and are able to remove yourself from their presence, do so. If not, wash your hands with soap and water regularly, wear a mask, and try to keep exposure of your bodily secretions to the baby at a minimum. ...Read more

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Why does the flu shot always seem to make me sick within a day or two after getting it? I don't think it is worth it.. Am i wrong?

Why does the flu shot always seem to make me sick within a day or two after getting it? I don't  think it is worth it.. Am i wrong?

Yes: Flu shots are typically given during cold season. As a result, a large proportion of people who get the shot will get a cold afterwards. It's pure coincidence; flu shots can't give you the flu. You should get the flu shot every year, because flu is no fun at all. ...Read more

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I received the flu shot (quadrivalent) Oct. 2. Is there an ideal time to get the shot to maximize its protective effect (early fall vs winter)?

I received the flu shot (quadrivalent) Oct. 2. Is there an ideal time to get the shot to maximize its protective effect (early fall vs winter)?

Weeks before season: Getting a flu shot 2-6 weeks before the first local cases of influenza beging appearing would be a good time. However, we can't have the entire country go to the doctor, the pharmacy, or the company health clinic all in a 4 week time span. That would be very crowded and inefficient. Thus, for flu seasons that start in late November, it's fine to get a shot between late-August and late-November. ...Read more

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Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

Not from injection: The injected flu vaccine is a killed derivative of flu germs. You cannot get flu from dead viruses.The nasal spray is a weakened flu germ & rarely someone can have a flu like process with that weakened material. ...Read more

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Can i take the flu shot while lactating?

Can i take the flu shot while lactating?

Flu shot&breastfeed: Yes u can take the inactivated split virus vaccine. You should protect urself form flu if you can wehen u have a young baby as if hte baby gets sick form u if u have the flu, ur baby could get sicker than u. ...Read more

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Why should I get the flu shot this winter?

To avoid illness: During the season the flu affects a large volume of the population & causes upwards of 30 + deaths/yr in the us alone. The vaccine must change on a regular basis to keep up with mutations/variations in the flu strains that prevent prior illness from making you immune. The vaccine is effective in preventing the strains in the vaccine but may not cover every strain around. ...Read more

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Is it okay that i get the flu shot this year?

I did: I did, as I do every year, and have lived to tell you about it. So have millions of others. I ask is it ok to ride the subway (bart) in the winter with people coughing at you? If you live in a bubble you might not care to get one. ...Read more

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How did i contract the flu when i got a flu shot already?

How did i contract the flu when i got a flu shot already?

Various strains yrly: There are at least 4-8 strains of flu circulating the world yearly.International plane travel assures us the possibility of imported strains on almost daily basis.The vaccine has the 3 most common strains based on the predictions made when the vaccine starts into production.The vaccine will only cover the strains in the shot, so it's possible to get flu from an alternate strain. ...Read more

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I had the flu shot the end of sept will the shot provide protection the entire flu season. Will it cover the current strain of flu?

Yes and somewhat: The influenza vaccine will provide protection against 3 strains in their current form for years. The vaccine this year covers most of the strains seen in the us, so you should have an immune response. ...Read more

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