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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?

Contraindications.: Influenza vaccine is contraindicated in infants less than 6 months old, if you have a high fever or if you have had a past severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. ...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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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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What are the symptoms of the real flu for a teenager who did get the flu vaccine?

What are the symptoms of the real flu for a teenager who did get the flu vaccine?

Fever, cough, aches: Influenza is characterized by the rapid onset of a fevers around 102, a non-productive, severe cough and marked body aches. Sometimes there can also be symptons of diarrhea with the recent h1n1, but less commonly with other influenza viruses. A flu shot is only 70% protective and immunity starts to decline 16 weeks after vaccination. ...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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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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