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Is a flu shot or flu mist more effective?

Is a flu shot or flu mist more effective?

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

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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FLU SHOTS: is the nasal mist spray with a live virus more effective than a tradition flu shot with a dead virus? Can the live virus make you sick?

FLU SHOTS:  is the nasal mist spray with a live virus more effective than a tradition flu shot with a dead virus?  Can the live virus make you sick?

Equal efficacy: In your age group they have equal efficacy. Immunocompromised people should not get the live viral vaccine i.e. the intranasal one. You cannot get the "flu" from either one. You will be best served by getting the injectable quadrivalent vaccine ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me is flu nasal spray as effective as flu shots?

Can you tell me is flu nasal spray as effective as flu shots?

Yes: In some studies, the mist is more effective than the shot. However the mist is not recommended if you have asthma. ...Read more

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Is swine flu a more serious concern for children with asthma?

Is swine flu a more serious concern for children with asthma?

Yes: Any kind of flu is - in retrospect, swine flu was an unusually severe threat to pregnant women and obese individuals, without being any less of a threat to the "usual suspects" - people with asthma, heart or kidney disease, or any immunosuppression. ...Read more

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Flu shot or not? Is there any situation in which you would recommend not getting a flu shot?

Flu shot or not? Is there any situation in which you would recommend not getting a flu shot?

FLU shot is good.: Influenza vaccine is contraindicated in infants less than 6 months old, if you have a high fever, a moderate to severe acute illness, or if you have had a past severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. ...Read more

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Could a tetanus vaccination hurt more than a flu shot?

Could a tetanus vaccination hurt more than a flu shot?

Vaccines: It can hurt more, but it should go away in a couple of days. If the pain is really bothering you, you can try an over the counter analgesic like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Which preventive treatment for flu recommnded for children.The flu vaccine ir giving broncho-vaxom caosules?Thanks a lot

Which preventive treatment for flu recommnded for children.The flu vaccine ir giving broncho-vaxom caosules?Thanks a lot

Influenza vaccine: Broncho-vaxom is a conglomeration of bacteria said to less the severity or frequency of bronchitis or sinusitis in adults and the efficacy is not well established. Everybody should get the influenza vaccine. It is not only highly effective in reducing the risk of influenza, but may modify the severity if you get influenza. This infection can be deadly. Get the vaccine. ...Read more

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Is there any difference if i get the three strain flu vaccine or the four strain flu vaccine?

Yes: The four strain has another strain of influenza not in the 3 strain brand which can theoretically protect you against that extra strain for that year. ...Read more

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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

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

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Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Flu like symptoms after flu vaccine. Is this contagious?

Depends: If you had the nasal product this is a living virus and you could pass the "vaccine strain" to others.This might produce mild or no symptoms if passed. There is no way that you get or pass the injectable flu vaccine.It is a dead virus.If you had symptoms it is due to a reaction to getting the vaccine, not a flu. ...Read more

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How safe is a flu shot?

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 more

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Have low immune sys & wash a lot from ocd. Is the flu shot safe? I have tics, & pandas, so would getting the flu shot be dangerous or make tics worse?

Anxiety: Remember that this is an anxiety issue. Your concerns about the flu shot are ocd related. If you are avoiding a flu shot because of anxiety then you should get it asap. You probably should also get it asap for medical reasons. ...Read more

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Any side effect for getting a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine every year?

Any side effect for getting a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine every year?

Immunizations: Annual flu shot good idea: may feel achy few days while body builds defenses against flu viruses. Pneumonia vaccine generally not given every year unless immune system is compromised. Originally was given one time; now may be given more than once in elderly who don't mount as strong an immune response. Both can cause localized soreness at injection site. Rare possibility of guillain-barré syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get the flu with flu vaccine?

Yes: If you have had one strain of the flu you may still benefit from receiving the vaccine to build up resistance to the other strains.If you had the flu last year, this years strains ale likely different and the newer flu shot will provide some benefit.Even if you had a strain that is in the vaccine, getting the shot won't hurt you. ...Read more

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Is a flu shot or flu mist more effective?

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

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How many months does a flu shot provide effective protection?

How many months does a flu shot provide effective protection?

Depends: The antibody produced may last a very long time, but the particular strain of influenza encountered may have changed so that those antibodies are not effective against it. That is one reason to ensure that you receive the new vaccine yearly. It is made to protect against the most likely type of influenza to hit the community that year. Stay safe. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait to get the tdap shot after getting a flu shot? Also when are they effective?

How long do I need to wait to get the tdap shot after getting a flu shot?  Also when are they effective?

You don't need to wt: Tdap can be given on the same day or in days prior to and after a flu shot. They do not interfere with each other so they can be given any time they are available. ...Read more

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Why can people over 50 only get a flu shot and not the mist in the nose?

Why can people over 50 only get a flu shot and not the mist  in the nose?

Testing/safety: The mist was approved only for specific age groups. These evolved when early testing revealed more potential for side effects in older/younger patients. The mist actually creates a mild infection at the lung tissue level to transfer into the blood. This can trigger bronchitis or set of asthma attacks. The limits are designed for the safety of the patients, not to exclude them. ...Read more

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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

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How safe is a flu shot?

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 more

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How do you give a flu shot?

Needle size: Good point on the length of the needle. I have seen offices use the 5/8" needle which is way too short to get into the muscle. You must use at least a 1" needle depending on the person you are injecting. ...Read more

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Could someone get sick from a flu shot?

Could someone get sick from a flu shot?

Flu Shots: 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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What is the half life of a flu shot?

What is the half life of a flu shot?

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

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Why is it important to get a flu shot?

Flu isn't innocent: The flu shot is highly effective at preventing not only you from getting the flu, but from you spreading it about. Most who get the flu have high fevers, coughing, and vomiting and misery. A large group get pneumonia, and about 36k die in this country every year. Those with infants under 6mo have to get the shot so baby doesn't get it. Infants are especially susceptible to bad consequences. ...Read more

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Any side affects of getting a flu shot?

Potentially: 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 more

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Does a flu shot have mercury in it?

Does a flu shot have mercury in it?

Multi-dose vial, yes: Thimerosal is a mercury based preservative that is in some vaccines, including flu shots packaged as a multi-dose vial. Individually packaged single-dose shots do not have preservatives. The nasal spray flu vaccine also does not contain thimerosal. The thimerosal in shots was a tiny amount, and has been removed from children's vaccines, but was not shown to be harmful to people receiving vaccines. ...Read more

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Is there side effects from a flu shot?

Is there side effects from a flu shot?

Yes, but unless you: Have a specific allergy or another reason to avoid it, you should get the shot. Every medical procedure has side effects. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a flu shot?

What are the side effects of a flu shot?

Depends: Vast majority of the people have no side effects, other than minor soreness at the site. If you are allergic to something in the vaccine, you could have local swelling redness, pain, itching etc and in rare cases a life threatening anaphylactic reaction. There may be the usual effects of a needle stick. It is important to mention all your allergies to the person giving the shot. ...Read more

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I have diabetes. Should I get a flu shot?

I have diabetes. Should I get a flu shot?

Yes: Diabetes decreases your immune system's ability to fight infection. If you were to get the flu you could get sick enough to be hospitalized. You should get the flu shot. ...Read more

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Why i can't have a flu shot since i had guillian- barre syndrome ?

Why i can't have a flu shot since i had guillian- barre  syndrome ?

ACTUALLY, NOT CLEAR: During prior flu seasons, espec. With influenza a, seemed to be an association with guillain-barre and flu, but also seems association with campylobacter jejuni, and ebstein-barr virus. Article in new england journal of medicine cast great doubt as to whether any relationship to any vaccine, but many physicians remain reluctant. Maybe, ok to get dead virus injection, not live nasal virus. ...Read more

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If a person has had a pericardectomy, should they be getting a flu shot?

If a person has had a pericardectomy, should they be getting a flu shot?

Pericardectomy-when?: If Pericardectomy was long ago(manymonths) should not be a problem. There is data that older folks do not get robust antibody response, so topic of flu shots in elderly controversial. The heart muscle is coverd by 2 layers w fluid between. Inflammation between layers (poss viral cause) painful, & occas outer layer removed if antiinflam meds unsuccessful. If recently done your Internist must decide ...Read more

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Can I have a flu shot in the thigh?

Yes.: It may not be as effective though. The shot is meant to be delivered into muscle, and depending on your fat distribution, the thigh may have a thicker layer of fat that prevents the needle from reaching the muscle. ...Read more

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