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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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I i took hepatitis b vaccine the first shot subcutaneously , but my friend told me that it should be given intramuscularly ,What should i do now ?

I i took hepatitis b vaccine the first shot subcutaneously , but my friend told me that it should be given intramuscularly ,What should i do now ?

Complete the course: Complete the series over 6 months. Check an antibody titer at the end of the series. You may need another shot in case your antibody titer is not in a protective range. ...Read more

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I gave birth feb 21 2015 and the next day i was given the Depo shot, do3s that take effect immediately into my body or am i still not safe.

I gave birth feb 21 2015 and the next day i was given the Depo shot, do3s that take effect immediately into my body or am i still not safe.

Depo-Provera: When the Depo-Provera injection is given to a woman after she has given birth, or had a miscarriage or an abortion, it works immediately. If given within the first five days of your menstrual cycle, it works 24hrs after the injection. When given after the first five days of your menstrual cycle, it works after 14 days ...Read more

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I got my flu shot jan 5 i now have the flu should I go to the dr its been a month since the shot?

I got my flu shot jan 5 i now have the flu should I go to the dr its been a month since the shot?

Flu shot: Does not for certain take away the chance of flu. By percentage 85% of vaccinated will not, or if they do, it makes the illness less severe. There are specific symptoms of the flu and there is a test for the flu, if in doubt go your doctor for testing and treatment of symptoms at least or if needed, there is a treatment for the flu. ...Read more

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I took the Depo-Provera shot 6 months ago... I've been waiting to get my period so i can get on the pill should I just stick to the shot?

Birth control pills: If you do not want to be on the depo shot, and your cycles are not regular, while the shot completely wears off, consider using a form of birth control pills for a few months. Also, check a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Giving myself Humira (adalimumab) shot, if I did the pull back trick and blood came out, Can I still use the shot? Humira (adalimumab) being too expensive.

Giving myself Humira (adalimumab) shot, if I did the pull back trick and blood came out, Can I still use the shot? Humira (adalimumab) being too expensive.

Yes: The pullback is to avoid injecting the medication directly into a vein. That could kill you. There is no problem at all in repositioning the needle and injecting the med with a little bit of your own blood. Completely safe. ...Read more

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If i been on Depo-Provera 4 years will the shot be in my system 120 days from the day i get my shot?

If i been on Depo-Provera 4 years will the shot be in my system 120 days from the day i get my shot?

Yes, but...: The medication level may not be high enough to prevent pregnancy by then. The medication gradually goes away if another shot is not taken. It will take several months longer to be completely gone from the body. ...Read more

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I been on the Depo-Provera shot for 6 months i recieved two shots and my shot is due now how long will it be before i can get pregnant?

I been on the Depo-Provera shot for 6 months i recieved two shots and my shot is due now how long will it be before i can get pregnant?

Hard to say. : You may be able to get pregnant as early as about 4 months after your last shot. But 6-12 months can be typical. ...Read more

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I got the flu shot last year, but I still got the stomach flu. Why should I bother getting it again this year if it doesn't work?

I got the flu shot last year, but I still got the stomach flu. Why should I bother getting it again this year if it doesn't work?

The flu shot protects against influenza, which isn't the same thing as the stomach flu (gastroenteritis): Gastroenteritis is an infection caused by a variety of viruses, including rotaviruses and noroviruses. Although it is often called the stomach flu, gastroenteritis is not caused by influenza viruses. Influenza attacks your respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Signs and symptoms of influenza may include: Coughing, Congestion, Fever, Muscle aches. Gastroenteritis, on the other hand, attacks your intestines, causing signs and symptoms such as: Diarrhea, Vomiting, Fever, Chills, Headache, Body aches. You can reduce your risk of influenza and gastroenteritis by washing your hands often with soap and water, as well as disinfecting contaminated and frequently touched surfaces. The annual flu vaccine is the most effective way to reduce your risk of getting influenza. Two oral rotavirus vaccines are available for young infants — RotaTeq and Rotarix. ...Read more

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I have strep throat, i received a shot of penicillin for it. By Dec 31 it will have been 2 full days since injection. Can i drink on New Years Eve?

I have strep throat, i received a shot of penicillin for it.  By Dec 31 it will have been 2 full days since injection.  Can i drink on New Years Eve?

Antibiotics alcohol: although alcohol does not reduce the effectiveness of most antibiotics it can delay how quickly you recover from an illness. It's a good idea to recover from your illness before using alcohol. ...Read more

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How much time should I be off my methotrexate before I get the shingles vaccine?

How much time should I be off my methotrexate before I get the shingles vaccine?

2 months: That is somewhat controversial as there is some evidence that it can be given while on methotrexate. The current recommendation is to be off of it for 2 months. ...Read more

Methotrexate (Definition)

Methotrexate was originally used in the early 1950's as a treatment for cancer but was also found to be effective in many other diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. It has anti inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties which make it an excellent first line therapy for RA ...Read more


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