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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

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

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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?

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?

Flu shot: Or isolation in a sterile environment!
impractical!
the current vaccines are not painful, generally effective for the common flu viruses (of which there are many unfortunately). Most docs that I know take the shot! ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is it safe to get the flu vaccine while breastfeeding?

Is it safe to get the flu vaccine while breastfeeding?

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

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My toddler is allergic to eggs. Is it safe for him to have the flu vaccine?

My toddler is allergic to eggs. Is it safe for him to have the flu vaccine?

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

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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?

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

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Is it okay that I get the flu jab/vaccine?

Is it okay that I get the flu jab/vaccine?

Of course: Sure, it's ok. If it wasn't ok, the vaccine wouldn't be approved and we wouldn't be recommending it. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to spread the flu from getting a vaccine?

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

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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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How expensive is the flu vaccine?

How expensive is the flu vaccine?

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

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What are the proven advantages of the flu vaccine?

What are the proven advantages of the flu vaccine?

Agree w Dr. Lahage: If you have ever had influenza - you would probably want to avoid going through that suffering again. If you have influenza and pass it on to another - the illness could cause significant morbidity or even death. ...Read more

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Could I have caught the flu from son's flumist vaccine?

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

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What are the negatives, if any, of getting the flu vaccine?

What are the negatives, if any, of getting the flu vaccine?

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

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Is it going to be mandatory that everyone be given the flu vaccine?

Is it going to be mandatory that everyone be given the flu vaccine?

Not likely: Vaccinations are not mandatory and except in a national emergency, government is not likely to mandate vaccination. ...Read more

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Should I get the flu vaccine ?

Should I get the flu vaccine ?

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

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Can you get the flu even though you had gotten the vaccine?

Can you get the flu even though you had gotten the vaccine?

Yes: Not everybody develops an adequate immune response to the vaccine, you may be infected with a different strain of virus than the one contained in the vaccine, or you may have an influenzal-like illness which is unrelated to the virus. ...Read more

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How does the flu vaccine work?

How does the flu vaccine work?

Antibodies: It is recognized as foreign by the human body and antibodies are made against it which later attack the flu virus itself if contracted and help the immune system fight back. ...Read more