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Doctor insights on: Flu Shot Vs. Flu Mist

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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