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Is it possible to get the flu from the flu vaccine?

Is it possible to get the flu from the flu vaccine?

NO: No, the flu shot is a dead vaccination and not able to pass infection. There is no live virus there to cause infection and therefore zero percent chance of this occuring. The nasal flu vaccine, on the other hand, is a live virus vaccine. However, it is engineered to die at body temperature and therefore not able to cause significant illness. It may cause runny nose and congestion but not full. ...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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Is it possible to get the flu with flu vaccine?

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 it possible to contract the flu after the shot?

Is it possible to contract the flu after the shot?

Yes: But when this occurs, the flu will be much less severe than it would have been. ...Read more

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Can I get the flu from the flu vaccine?

Can I get the flu from the flu vaccine?

No!: No, the flu shot is a dead vaccination and not able to pass infection. There is no live virus there to cause infection and therefore zero percent chance of this occuring. The nasal flu vaccine, on the other hand, is a live virus vaccine. However, it is engineered to die at body temperature and therefore not able to cause significant illness. It may cause runny nose and congestion but not full flu. ...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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How likely is it to develop flu-like symptoms from the flu vaccine?

How likely is it to develop flu-like symptoms from the flu vaccine?

...: The flu vaccine is well tolerated by most people. It is effective in preventing illness along with good hand hygiene. The centers for disease control is a good reference site to learn more: http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.Htm http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/protect/vaccine/index.Htm. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get measles after the vaccine?

Is it possible to get measles after the vaccine?

Some do: Measles vaccine is thought to provide lifetime protection for most, but after >20 years of use it was evident that some either did develop protection or it was weakened for some & 2 doses, one at a year or more and one at 4-5 became the routine.Recently, autism fears after fake research led to many cases of measles in immunized kids that were infected by exposure to wild measles in unimmunized kid. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get chickenpox after the vaccine?

Is it possible to get chickenpox after the vaccine?

Yes : The vaccine is considered 85-90% effective in preventing chickenpox with a single dose in childhood & 95+ effective with 2 doses. The frequency of death or hospitalization during chickenpox drops considerably after one dose. ...Read more

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Is it possible to exterminate the flu virus for good?

Is it possible to exterminate the flu virus for good?

No: You may develop immunity to one or more types of influenza virus by having been infected or immunized, but this virus undergoes regular changes in its make-up and the new strain present in the community can infect you even if you are immune to other strains. On the other hand, if you are asking about recovery from infection, when you recover you will rid of that strain of flu virus. ...Read more

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Can you get the flu from the vaccine if inactivated?

Can you get the flu from the vaccine if inactivated?

No: You cannot get the flu from a dead germ. The injectable forms of the flu vaccine are dead. The nasal spray has a weakened live germ & some folks have problems with it. ...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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Can a person get the swine flu shot and not get the regular the seasonal flu shot?

Can a person get the swine flu shot  and not get the regular the seasonal flu shot?

No: When the h1n1 vaccine (swine flu) was created in 2009, it was not included as a strain in the seasonal flu vaccine. So you could get it separately. However, every year since, that strain has been a part of the seasonal vaccine and is not available by itself. There are many strains of flu and each year the cdc picks 2 type a & 1 type b strain that were the most prevalent from the prior season. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get joint problems from the flu shot?

Is it possible for you to get joint problems from the flu shot?

Yes, any vaccination: Can cause joint pains with swellings. These are generally short lasting for a few days only. ...Read more

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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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Bcg vaccine and scarring. Is it possible to get the jab anywhere but the arm?

Bcg vaccine and scarring. Is it possible to get the jab anywhere but the arm?

Given after Birth: BCG Vaccine is given after biirh at the deltoid muscle site I am sure it can be given at another site We do not use this vaccine in USA But as a rule it is given in left upper arm so that doctors can check if it was given It is given after birth upto age of15 days ...Read more

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Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

No: No. The flu shot does not always work so you may end up getting the flu despite getting the vaccine. Also the flu shot does not prevent you from getting a really bad cold. But the flu shot does help reduce your chances of getting the flu which at best is a miserable illness to have and at worst can result in hospitalization or death. ...Read more

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Is there a way to completely protect your child(ren) from the flu virus?

No: Yearly vaccinations are the best way although they are not 100% effective. Avoid those people who are infected and frequent hand washings help. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more