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Why is it important to get a flu shot?

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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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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When is it an absolutely necessary to get a tetanus shot?

When is it an absolutely necessary to get a tetanus shot?

A dirty wound: A penetrating dirty wound such as a nail going into the foot. If you had your original tetanus shots all you would need is what is called a "wound booster". ...Read more

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How soon after a tetanus shot is it safe to get a flu vaccine?

How soon after a tetanus shot is it safe to get a flu vaccine?

Right away: The tetanus vaccine and influenza vaccine are not live vaccines and should, therefore not interfere with your immune systems' response to each individual vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it worth it to get a flu shot if "flu season" is almost over?

Yes.: Flu can happen at any time in any season. The evidence suggests regular routine annual flu vaccines typically provide the best level of protection. So, if you have not had your flu vaccine this year, you should get it now. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get staph from a flu shot?

No: If the shot is administered properly using proper sterile technique, no. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get a flu shot in your hip?

Is it possible for you to get a flu shot in your hip?

Yes it is possible: It is an intramuscular injection and can be injected in gluteal muscles but preferred choice is in the arm.But it can be injected in hip area muscles. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get a flu shot in the leg?

Is it possible for you to get a flu shot in the leg?

Yes it is but: Yes you can get flu shot in your leg but that's not the proper site to give flu shot.It is an intramuscular vaccine and can be injected in any muscle. ...Read more

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Is it still possible to get the flu even if you got a vaccine?

Sure: Vaccines are rarely 100% effective, and sometimes the flu strain in circulation isn't the one that was predicted. ...Read more

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Is it still possible to get swine flu after a vaccination for it?

Is it still possible to get swine flu after a vaccination for it?

Vaccines: Yes complete conversion of everyone does not occur but by vaccinating most people we reduce the over all population risk ...Read more

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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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Is it safe for a pregnant women to get a flu shot?

Is it safe for a pregnant women to get a flu shot?

Definitely!: The vaccine will not ham your unbor child. However if you get the flue, you can becaome dehydrated or develope pneumonia which can indeed harm the baby. ...Read more

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Is it painful to get a vaccination?

Is it painful to get a vaccination?

Yes: (but only a little). Often a child's reaction is a function more of a parent's reaction rather than the actual amount of pain from the shot. Distraction can help rather than overemphasis on the shot that just occurred. Some studies in infants have actually shown that giving a small amount of sugary solution (from a dropper or syringe) just before the shot can diminish the perceived pain. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a flu shot while pregnant?

Absolutely!: And highly encouraged! unvaccinated women had a 25% higher risk of fetal death in a large norwegian study published in nejm (one of our most respected medical journals). http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/16/health/study-confirms-benefits-of-flu-vaccine-for-pregnant-women.html. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get sore joints from taking a flu shot?

Yes: Sometimes patients experience achiness and pain in their muscles and joints throughout their body after the flu shot, but typically only lasts a few days. ...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