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Can i get the flu shot if i'm on humira (adalimumab)?

Can i get the flu shot if i'm on humira (adalimumab)?

Yes: Inactivated or subunit vaccines are not contraindicated in people on this type of medicine. The live attenuated FluMist vaccine should not be given. ...Read more

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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Why can't I get a flu or shingles shot while on predezone?

Why can't I get a flu or shingles shot while on predezone?

Immune suppression: . While you are taking the prednisone it suppresses the immune response and you are not likely to have a good result from your immunization. ...Read more

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Can I get the flu shot while on isotrentinoin?

Can I get the flu shot while on isotrentinoin?

Yes: Keep close contact with your prescribing physician and ask all your questions. Since you must be seen every month while taking this, you should have ample opportunity to review every single detail. ...Read more

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Should I get a flu shot if i've been sick?

Should I get a flu shot if i've been sick?

Yes: If you have recovered , yes. If are suffering a minor illness, yes. If you are suffering currently a more severe illness, such as pneumonia, your doctor may want to delay. ...Read more

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I've already had the flu this season. Should i still get a flu shot anyway? If i've already had the flu, should I get the flu shot too? Is there a chance i might get it again if i don't have the shot? .

I've already had the flu this season. Should i still get a flu shot anyway? If i've already had the flu, should I get the flu shot too? Is there a chance i might get it again if i don't have the shot?

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The : The flu vaccine is different each year. A great deal of research goes into determing what viruses are likely to be a problem each year. So you could develop one type of viral infection (including influenza), but it may not be the same strain of influenza that you would be vaccinated against. So, yes, it can be helpful. ...Read more

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Can you have a flu shot while taking prednisone?

Can you have a flu shot while taking prednisone?

Yes you can: Yes you can there is no contraindication to it. ...Read more

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If i take humira, (adalimumab) can I ever have the zostovax shot?

See below: That vaccine is a live vaccine. You need to speak with your prescribing doctor about whether you can leave the Humira (adalimumab) off for a period of time if you are determined to have this vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have vaccine of swine flu if i am having antibiotic drugs?

Is it safe to have vaccine of swine flu if i am having antibiotic drugs?

Certainly: Being on antibiotics is not a contraindication against getting the flu vaccine. Significant fever/illness could be; however, you should discuss with your doctor and they will administer the flu vaccine if you meet criteria. Take care. ...Read more

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How long does rabies vaccine protects you? I got 3 vaccine and 1 booster (getting another..) what if i got bitten again this month, Do i need it again

How long does rabies vaccine protects you? I got 3 vaccine and 1 booster (getting another..) what if i got bitten again this month, Do i need it again

Rabies vax: The duration of immunity for humans given two injection vaccination course was found to be between two to three years. With a booster dose, 98% of immunocompetent people still have immunity at 10 years. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wait to get the tdap shot after getting a flu shot? Also when are they effective?

How long do I need to wait to get the tdap shot after getting a flu shot?  Also when are they effective?

You don't need to wt: Tdap can be given on the same day or in days prior to and after a flu shot. They do not interfere with each other so they can be given any time they are available. ...Read more

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Should I receive the flu vaccine if I am pregnant?

Should I receive the flu vaccine if I am pregnant?

Yes: But not the nasal vaccine with attenuated live virus. Being immunized is much safer for the fetus than having the disease. ...Read more

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Can you get a flu shot while taking cimzia (certolizumab pegol)?

Can you get a flu shot while taking cimzia (certolizumab pegol)?

Rule: A good rule of thumb is to avoid live vaccinations such the nasal flu vaccine while taking a biologic response modifier (cimzia, enbrel, etc.). The flu shot is not a live vaccine. Another good rule would be to try to have all vaccines up to date before starting a biologic drug. ...Read more

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Can I receive the influenza shot if my ESR=45m.m.?

Can I receive the influenza shot if my ESR=45m.m.?

Yes: Depends really not on the elevated sed rate but on your overall immune status. ...Read more

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Can i receive the shingles vaccine if I have RA a and I am taking methotrexate and rituximab?

Can i receive the shingles vaccine if I have RA a and I am taking methotrexate and rituximab?

No as a general rule: Its best to offer live vaccines such as zostavax prior to initiating therapy with immunosupressive agents. Combination of Rituximab with a live vaccine may cause more harm than good. In rare cases, only your doctor can decide if the benefit of this vaccine outweighs the potential risks. If feasible, Rituximab may be stopped for a few months prior to administering live vaccine. ...Read more

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If you had a flu shot can you still get the flu?

If you had a flu shot can you still get the flu?

That is possible.: However if you have been vaccinated ; get influenza it is likely to be much milder then it would had you not gotten the shot. ...Read more