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Doctor insights on: Remicade And The Flu Vaccine

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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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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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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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When should someone NOT get the flu vaccine?

When should someone NOT get the flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine : Contraindications for flu vaccine are - allergy to flu vaccine , bleeding disorder , egg allergy and high fever . ...Read more

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Who should get the flu vaccine and how often?

Who should get the flu vaccine and how often?

Anyone > 6m of age: The flu germ mutates every year & last years vaccine is not likely to help you more than that season.You place yourself at risk if you do not get a yearly flu shot. ...Read more

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How many people get the flu vaccine every year?

How many people get the flu vaccine every year?

Not enough: According to the CDC, less than 40% of of people receive the flu shot. Although a less than very effective vaccine, it is still helpful in reducing the severity and duration of flu symptoms and could reduce the 36,000 people who die from the flu and its' complications every year in this country. ...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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Are there any side effects to the 'flu' vaccine?

Shots, only a few: In the usa, this year's shots only have some soreness, low-grade fever ; aches as possible sfx. The nasal spray has more. Those mimic a mild, short term cold or flu and are not common. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm it may be different in the uk. ...Read more

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Is the flu vaccine also beneficial for children?

Yes: It is approved for infants after 6 mo of age and recommended yearly.The first season of use two doses are required a month apart under age 6. I think it is sad to let kids get flu when such a simple vaccine can prevent it. They are often more involved in settings where it is easily transferred, like day care or school. ...Read more

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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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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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If you've had the flu, should you still get the flu vaccine?

If you've had the flu, should you still get the flu vaccine?

Yes.: Every flu season, there are at least 2 or 3 strains going around at different times. Flu vaccine can prevent you from getting the strain you haven't had yet. ...Read more

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How many people get the flu vaccine? What happens if you don't get it?

How many people get the flu vaccine? What happens if you don't get it?

Millions of people: Mllions of people of all age group get the Flu Vaccine every year to prevent them getting the Flu Those who do not get the vaccine are susceptible to get Flu when exposed to it ...Read more

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Heard the flu vaccine fluvirin is not approved for use with small children?

Heard the flu vaccine fluvirin is not approved for use with small children?

Yes: This weakened virus vaccine actually uses a low grade lung inflammation to enter the circulation and begin triggering an antibody response. In younger kids, people with asthma & a few others, the risk of triggering a bronchitis or asthma attack makes it unsuitable for these populations.It is also never given when other live virus vaccines are avoided. ...Read more

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What is so different about the flu vaccine as compared with other vaccines?

Time sensitive: The flu mutates/changes often and international travel brings a constantly changing pattern of different strains. To create a fall flu vaccine the manufactures must choose the strains causing the most flu, rush a vaccine into production, test and retest it and distribute it to the public. New strains make last years vaccine less effective, next year new strains make this years vaccine less effective. ...Read more

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What could happen if someone gets the flu vaccine & a week later gets the vaccine again?

What could happen if someone gets the flu vaccine & a week later gets the vaccine again?

Flu vaccine: There should be no problem. You may experience a low grade fever and other mild flu like symptoms that should resolve in a few days. ...Read more

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What if our family dr gave my 5yr old the same dose of the flu vaccine as me? Could this be a problem?

What if our family dr gave my 5yr old the same dose of the flu vaccine as me? Could this be a problem?

Not at all: 5year olds are given the same dose as adults of the flu vaccine only 6 months to 36 months old are given half the dose and other half after 1 month.So even they get full dose as adults in two injections. ...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

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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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Does insurance usually cover the flu vaccine?

Yes it does: Most insurance cover Flu vaccine without any copay and one can even get it at your neighborhood drug store or at your doctor's office ...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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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


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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more