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Is The Flu Vacine Vegetarian Safe
Is the yearly flu vaccine truly and definitely 100% safe for everyone without any shadow of a doubt? I'm scared of the flu but also scared of the shot
Always risk: There will always be some risk with any medication, vaccination, supplement, treatment or procedure. Vaccines are carefully studied for safety and efficacy before being recommended for routine use. Often times, the risk of severe illness or death from the disease being vaccinated against far outweighs the small risk of adverse event from receiving it. It's a personal decision. Http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ ...Read more
To what extent is the flu vaccines for children and newborns that will be around the child considered safe?
The flu shot: Should not be given to a baby that is less than 6 months old. ...Read more
What is best protection from the flu? How safe are the flu shots? Why do some dr's don't want their own families getting the flu vaccine?
I'm required to have the flu vaccine to enter the nursing program at my university. I've never had it before & I am scared. Is it really safe?
Flu vacc. Is safe: The flu vaccines do work, both the shot and the nasal spray. Sometimes the protection is partial, so that a person may still get the flu but a milder case of it. The flu vaccine protects only against the influenza viruses, but not against cold viruses that can cause colds and flu-like symptoms. ...Read more
Flu shot is safe: Breastfeeding women, who have had no problems with prior vaccinations, should get the annual flu shot. The vaccine helps prevent the women from catching the flu and bringing it home to their babies. Babies cannot get their first flu shot until 6 months of age (their second flu shot is a month after their first shot). ...Read more
No flu shot if.....: Current 2014 CDC contraindications to the flu shot include: previous allergic reaction to flu vaccine, infants under 6 months of age. People with egg allergies MAY POSSIBLY be candidates for flu vaccination (talk to your doctor). Precaution is advised for those with history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome within 6 weeks of a previous flu vaccine, and those with current moderate to severe illnesses. ...Read more
How safe is the flu vaccine when taken with an immunosuppressant like methotrexate? I take it for sjogrens syndrome.
Hypochondriac-deathly afraid of flu. Heard so much paranoia and fear tactics used against getting the flu vaccine. What's the truth, is it safe?
It's what we have: Using your immune system to generate protective antibodies is one of the great advances in healthcare dating back to smallpox in the 1700's. At any point there are at least 6 strains of flu circling the globe. Air travel mixes & spreads them fast. They can put up to 4 strains in a vaccine before weakening protection per strain. It's not perfect but I get one every year (X40+). ...Read more
Theoretically...: The injectable flu vaccine is made from killed flu virus--so no, the "flu shot" can not spread the flu. The nasal spray flu vaccine (flumist) is a live, weakened mixture of 3 different flu viruses. It has been "engineered not to cause the flu", yet one of the precautions is that persons with a weakened immune system should not obtain it. So, theoretically, a person with a weak immune system might. ...Read more
Varies by Location:
If you have insurance it is covered by most insurance without any copay and is available at most drug stores like CVS/WALGREN and others. Also available at your doctor' office
If you have no insurance it may cost you approx. 25 to 30 dollars in NJ. Price may vary in other states ...Read more
No: The FluMist is a weakened but living combination of several flu strains. You can acquire the living FluMist germs and have a reaction to them, the same as you would if you had received the vaccine directly. You will not get the stronger wild flu strains from that product. ...Read more
Hardly any: Flu vaccine is very safe. Vast majority of people will have nothing worse than a slightly sore upper arm. Even if you get the flu later in the season it's likely to be mild. It's recommended for nearly everyone. Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to get the flu shot because they are more susceptible to complications including death. People who have chronic conditions should get it too. ...Read more
Yes: Anyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu vaccination to help prevent catching influenza a or b, or the h1n1 swine flu. One can skip the vaccination if he is allergic to it. People at higher risk for severe influenza symptoms include pregnant women, the elderly, the immunosuppressed, asthmatics, young children and babies, etc... High-risk persons should definitely get vaccinated. ...Read more
Yes: The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone. ...Read more
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