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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
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
October: In the U.S., the best time to get a flu shot each fall is in October, which means September through November is fine. However, if one misses his shot at those times, it is still fine to get it anytime until the end of the flu season. The flu season ends at the end of winter (February-March). ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Influenza vaccine: 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. 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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