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When to take enbrel (etanercept) after flu shot?

When to take enbrel (etanercept) after flu shot?

Any time: A flu shot does not alter the timing of the Enbrel (etanercept) dose. Keep to your usual schedule. ...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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Sinus infection with ear dysfunction. Not on antibiotics due to prior cdiff. Can I take flu shot while on nasacort. Low immune system.age 61.

Sinus infection with ear dysfunction. Not on antibiotics due to prior cdiff. Can I take flu shot while on nasacort. Low immune system.age 61.

Should not matter: It should not matter whether a person is using Nasacort or not. Such a person should get the annual flu shot, if there is no other reason why he should not get the shot. Nasacort usage does not change one's decision about a flu shot. ...Read more

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I'm planing to get pregnant and i'm allergic to chicken fathers can i take flu shot? I never get it in my life ? I need help please tell me what to do

I'm planing to get pregnant and i'm allergic to chicken fathers can i take flu shot? I never get it in my life ? I need help please tell me what to do

Should be ok: chicken feather allergy is not a contraindication for the flu shot. Notably, if you have a concern, most physicians will offer to let you receive the vaccination in the office so you can be monitored for any type of allergic reaction (that generally would occur within an hour). ...Read more

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I have a bit of a stuffy nose everyday when i wake up(its normal for me) & maybe the onset of a slight sore throat can I take flu shot or no?Scared..

I have a bit of a stuffy nose everyday when i wake up(its normal for me) & maybe the onset of a slight sore throat can I take flu shot or no?Scared..

Yes....: The flu shot would not be contraindicated with the symptoms you describe. But, you should see an ear nose and throat doctor to diagnose and treat these symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it true that it can take up to a month before the positive effects of the flu shot take their full effect?

Influenza vaccine: Usually effective within 10-14 days, but in some persons it is conceivable that it may take longer. Still, not a reason not to be vaccinated. ...Read more

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Can i take the flu shot while lactating?

Can i take the flu shot while lactating?

Flu shot&breastfeed: Yes u can take the inactivated split virus vaccine. You should protect urself form flu if you can wehen u have a young baby as if hte baby gets sick form u if u have the flu, ur baby could get sicker than u. ...Read more

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If i m having a reaction to a flu shot is it ok to take echinacea?

If i m having a reaction to a flu shot is it ok to take echinacea?

No: Despite its popularity, some recent studies of echinacea have not found that it helps. Commonly used when people get colds...There is no good clinical evidence for its use. If echinacea does have a benefit, many researchers feel that it has not been proven. ...Read more

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In the years that I take an annual flu-shot, I don't get common cold too. Is there a link ?

In the years that I take an annual flu-shot, I don't get common cold too. Is there a link ?

No: The influenza vaccine is specific for the influenza virus and its strains. The common cold is usually due to rhinovirus, and often other viruses. If one contracts the influenza virus, s/he will be much more ill than with the common cold. ...Read more

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Have gone through chemo for nonhodgkins lymphoma should I take the flu shot?

Have gone through chemo for nonhodgkins lymphoma should I take the flu shot?

Yes: Flu shot has killed virus and will not do any harm unless you are allergic to eggs. Please note that flu shot is not 100% effective even in normal people and your response may be even less, still having said all that, it is important the you take the flu shot. If you have not taken pneumonia vaccination, and shingles vaccine, you should take those also.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Is it alright for me to take a pneumoccocal vaccine and flu shot at the same time? Tyvm

Is it alright for me to take a pneumoccocal vaccine and flu shot at the same time? Tyvm

Yes: It is routinely done. I would recommend getting them in separate locations, ie, right and left. ...Read more

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Can you take a flu shot during chemotherapy treatment?

Can you take a flu shot during chemotherapy treatment?

Not the nasal kind: You can get the injected (killed) flu shot but may not have as robust a response as those with a normal immune system. The nasal vaccine is alive and risky for anyone on chemo. ...Read more

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For how long would it take to develop swelling from a flu shot if you had a mastectomy on that side?

For how long would it take to develop swelling from a flu shot if you had a mastectomy on that side?

Post-mastectomy : If the mastectomy also took lymph nodes out of the armpit, the arm will always have a tendency to swell. You should avoid shots, blood drawing, blood pressure on that arm to try to not have swelling.

If your arm is swollen, you can try elevating it over your head. Sleep with it up on a pillow.

If swelling continues, your doctor can prescribe a fitted sleeve to help keep swelling under control. ...Read more

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Hi, I'd like to take the seasonal 'flu shot'. Is this beneficial in preventing the flu, or not helpful. I've read it could be either. ?

Recommend it: It can very helpful in protecting asking flu and if the flu does occur - it can minimize symptoms. ...Read more

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What will happen if you take flu shot and have an ear infection?

What will happen if you take flu shot and have an ear infection?

Nothing bad: The flu shot does not require that you be perfectly healthy to do what it needs to build protection. ...Read more

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I have acute porphyria:  can I do the following:   take a flu shot, donate my organs, take a cat scan with the contrast? 

I have acute porphyria:  can I do the following:   take a flu shot, donate my organs, take a cat scan with the contrast? 

Yes& no: Now that swine flu vaccinations have begun in some areas, members with acute porphyria (aip, vp, hcp & adp) will be relieved to know that it is fine for them to receive flu and other vaccines. In fact, since other illnesses can bring on a porphyria attack, remaining healthy is one of the most important ways to prevent acute attacks. No organ donnation?No if you allergic to idione? ...Read more

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Is it ok to take garlic supplement after getting flu shot 5 days ago? It has anti - viral affect, can I take it or not?

OK to take: Garlic is promoted as beneficial for many things. The things for which the evidence is strongest is improving high blood pressure and preventing colon and stomach cancer if garlic is eaten (not supplements). The evidence for preventing viruses/colds is weaker. It should not interfere with desired antibody production following a flu shot. ...Read more

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Uncle takes lisnopril ( blood pressure) med. For 10 years then has flu shot yesterday and last night tounge swelled so is it caused by shot or meds?

See an Oral Surgeon : Don't mess around with a swollen tongue as you have to be careful with a possible obstructed airway. Doubt it is due to the flu shot but perhaps he has an allergy to something there. Consider an antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and see a specialist ...Read more

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I have a newborn and three older kids (10, 8, 6) everyone in my house has gotten their flu shot except for the newborn. I have to formula feed although I did breastfeed in the hospital. At the first sign of illness in my home can the baby take tamifl?

I have a newborn and three older kids (10, 8, 6) everyone in my house has gotten their flu shot except for the newborn. I have to formula feed although I did breastfeed in the hospital. At the first sign of illness in my home can the baby take tamifl?

I wouldn't: Tamiflu is approved for 2 wks and older but the risk and frequency of side effects are common in infants. My rule was never to use it in infants that were not hospitalizes for their illness. Tamiflu is not an antibiotic. It interferes with flu reproduction but does not kill it. Seizures and other neurologic side effects are worrisome. Confer with the kids doc as needed. ...Read more

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I want to get flu shot this year but last yr I had a seizure from it. I have asthma and work around kids alot. Is it safe to take?

I want to get flu shot this year but last yr I had a seizure from it. I have asthma and work around kids alot. Is it safe to take?

Check with your doc: A seizure from a flu shot seems unusual. Are the doctors sure it was from that?? Someone like you would be at 'high risk' for the flu -so it would help to find out. There is something called 'chemo prophylaxis' that can protect you from the flu. Essentially that involves taking a medicine like Tamiflu if you have a real exposure. (Like a kid with the flu coughs in your face). It's worth looking 2 ...Read more

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Etanercept (Definition)

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Enbrel (Definition)

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