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Flu Shot Vs. Flu Mist
Same effectiveness: A flu shot or flu mist are both just as effective. The flu mist has some age restrictions, and persons with some medical conditions (such as ongoing asthma symptoms) should not get the flu mist. A few years ago, a study suggested that younger children may get more protection from the flu mist, but in any one individual patient, there's no way to tell if there is a difference between shot and mist. ...Read more
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
The season involved: Consider the flu shot you get as effective in protecting you from the strains in the vaccine for at least a year.If you get the vaccine in august, months before the regular season, you will be protected for that flu season, even if it hits in february. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long do I need to wait to get the tdap shot after getting a flu shot? Also when are they effective?
Testing requirements: The FluMist was tested only to 49, and was able to get approval for that. The question is whether it is effective enough compared to the shot, and whether there can be unintended consequences, such as giving the mist to a child with asthma. There would need to be further testing before the mist could be used in an older age group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can a flu shot be effective if it bypasses your iga immune system? Isn't contracting and fighting always better than introducing. Never Had a flu
Bypass IgA?: The flu vaccine induces cellular production of IgA, IgG, & IgM. Moreover, increasing herd immunity through vaccines protects those who are unable to be vaccinated. You can check out this article from the academic journal, Immune for more info. Hope that helps! Vaccine. 2012 Aug 31;30(40):5893-900. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.04.109. Epub 2012 Jul 24. ...Read more
Very!!: Although side effects can occur, such as fever, soreness, occasional achiness, and theoretically very rare more serious problems, it is much safer than being infected with the potential side effects of the infection, up to and including death! immunize, immunize, immunize. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If there's no specific reason your child shouldn't receive the shot, like an allergy, then, yes, most definitely. Flu shots can be given yearly after 6 months of age. Not giving the shot is not the same as not taking a risk; you're just accepting the much larger risk of getting the illness and a serious complication. Besides hygiene/clean water, nothing compares with vaccines for health value. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lasts through season: I'm not sure if you're asking when it will kick in, or how long it lasts... Flu shots are good for the season, since they're geared to the expected strains. They don't "wear off" so much as fail to cover the strains coming out the next fall. It takes a couple weeks for the immunity to kick in, but they should last a long while; new shot needed every fall due to new strains. ...Read more
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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