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early rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. has me taking 2 Aleve (naproxen) twice a day no other drugs yet. Is it safe to get flu shot without making joints ache more!

 early rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. has me taking 2 Aleve (naproxen) twice a day no other drugs yet. Is it safe to get flu shot without making joints ache more!

Flu shot safe: The flu shot is safe and MUCH safer than not being protected against the flu. Hope you are seeing a Rheumatologist because if you really have Rheumatoid Arthritis, even if early you need more than Aleve (naproxen) twice a day. If you are not seeing a Rheumtologist, please see one. ...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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When should you get flu shot if male of 70?

When should you get flu shot if male of 70?

Influenza vaccine: The high dose influenza vaccine can be used for people who are 65 and older. Recent studies indicated that it was 24.2% more effective in preventing influenza in this population. I would get it when it is available to the public each year. ...Read more

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When should I get flu shot?

When should I get flu shot?

NOW !: Get it as soon as possible when available. Winter is flu season but according to the cdc when it occurs ; how long it lasts is variable. Sometimes flu outbreaks can begin as early as october. Over the last 30 years the peak flu month has most often been february. ...Read more

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Should i get flu shot, how effective is it?

Should i get flu shot, how effective is it?

Strongly recommend: Annual influenza vaccine. I can't tell you how effective it is. Even if you do catch the flu (and have been vaccinated) it is likely to be less aggressive. ...Read more

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Low immune system, should I get flu shot, , what to do?

Low immune system, should I get flu shot, , what to do?

Flu Shot: You can check site at: http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-flu.Pdf. Having a poor immune system would be even more reason to become vaccinated. ...Read more

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Every time i get flu shot i get sick badly. should i even bother getting one? im 32 with bad all yr allergies and diabetic..

Every time i get flu shot i get sick badly. should i even bother getting one? im 32 with bad all yr allergies and diabetic..

Uncommon: Since flu vaccines (aside from the nasal spray form) consist of killed virus , they shouldn't make you ill. There are rare cases of neurologic complication from flu vaccine reported. There is an intradermal form of flu vaccine which you may be able to tolerate. However if you still get sick from it regardless of the mechanism, discuss with your doctor re. pros and cons in skipping it. ...Read more

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I got the flu shot last sept. Ended up getting pneumonia for very first time in March. Should I get flu shot again this year ?

I got the flu shot last sept. Ended up getting pneumonia for very first time in March. Should I get flu shot again this year ?

Yes unless otherwise: It is recommended for adults on a yearly basis unless you have medical issues that can lead to an adverse reaction. The CDC website is one resource of information as the flu season approaches. ...Read more

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Bad if I get flu shot 2times? Having trouble getting record to prove to new job I am vaccinated &if I can't prove it I'm required to wear mask.

Bad if I get flu shot 2times? Having trouble getting record to prove to new job I am vaccinated &if I can't prove it I'm required to wear mask.

Unlikely a problem;: will likely just develop a stronger immune response to the 3 strains (of hundreds) of influence type A which the vaccine targets. Keep your priorities straight, go for the lesser of the evils, highly likely a second vaccination. ...Read more

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One week since having low lymph, high rbc, and high neut. Feel better but on meds for thrush -200 mg daily-. Can i get flu shot?

One week since having low lymph, high rbc, and high neut. Feel better but on meds for thrush -200 mg daily-. Can i get flu shot?

Influenza vaccine: Absolutely. And would encourage you to do so. Not only will you be less likely to become infected with influenza virus, but this also aids in protecting the community of people around you by limiting transmission from person to person. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more