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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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Got a flu shot now my whole arm is numb and hurts so bad. No pain medication is working and I can't even move my arm. What's should I do?

Got a flu shot now my whole arm is numb and hurts so bad. No pain medication is working and I can't even move my arm. What's should I do?

Shot clinic: Please check in with the clinic where the injection was given. Adverse reactions are reportable. If you are not able to move your arm - it would be important to have this medically assessed. Take care. ...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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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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Stomach cramping/pain, diarrhea, nausea since yesterday morning. Today i also started getting body aches. I have flu shot. Is there anything i can do?

Stomach cramping/pain, diarrhea, nausea since yesterday morning. Today i also started getting body aches. I have flu shot. Is there anything i can do?

Stomach virus: It sounds like you've picked up a stomach virus a.K.A. Viral gastroenteritis and it's completely unrelated to the flu shot. You can take an otc diarrhea medicine like loperamide or pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) to help and make sure to drink plenty of fluids, gatorade, and eat very lightly - bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast - nothing heavy or spicy to let your stomach rest. ...Read more

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If u already feel sick. ..Can u still get s flu shot?

If u already feel sick. ..Can u still get s flu shot?

Wait until you are : No longer feeling acutely ill and then get your flu shot. Take care. ...Read more

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Is a u.S. Flu shot effective when planning to stay overseas during the winter?

It's about strains: The flu vaccine is likely to have protective benefits everywhere. Even if strains are different in different world regions, there should be enough crossover to be effective. ...Read more

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How is this flu shot safer in reguards to gbs compared to issues in the 70' s ?

How is this flu shot safer in reguards to gbs compared to issues in the 70' s ?

Flu vaccine and GBS: Gbs is rare. Medical events occur regardless of vaccination, and background rates are used to assess vaccine safety by comparing the expected rate of disease or death to the actual or observed rate in any given timeframe. The background rate for gbs in the U.S. Is about 80 to 160 cases of gbs each week, regardless of vaccination. ...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