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Is there mercury in babies' flu shots in the u.S.?

Is there mercury in babies' flu shots in the u.S.?

Some don't: It depends on the brand. Some flu shots do *not* have thimerosal - the preservative with mercury in it. Some flu shots have trace amounts. For more info about all shots, thimerosal, and brands: check this link:
http://www. Vaccinesafety. Edu/thi-table. Htm#*#*
ask your doc what brand do they use. Hope this helps! ...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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Does a flu shot have mercury in it?

Does a flu shot have mercury in it?

Multi-dose vial, yes: Thimerosal is a mercury based preservative that is in some vaccines, including flu shots packaged as a multi-dose vial. Individually packaged single-dose shots do not have preservatives. The nasal spray flu vaccine also does not contain thimerosal. The thimerosal in shots was a tiny amount, and has been removed from children's vaccines, but was not shown to be harmful to people receiving vaccines. ...Read more

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Do the flu shots contain any mercury?

Do the flu shots contain any mercury?

Some do.: Adult flu shots distributed in multidose vials have thiomersal. Children's single-dose vials and syringes have none, and neither do the live intranasal flu vaccines. ...Read more

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Is it true that the flu shot has a lot of mercury in it? Also, any chance it can give you flu like symptoms or the actual flu?

Is it true that the flu shot has a lot of mercury in it? Also, any chance it can give you flu like symptoms or the actual flu?

Flu vaccine: Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative. Some vaccines produced in multi-dose vials, have thimerosal to protect against contamination of the vial. Single-dose units are without thimerosal, because they are opened and used only once. The nasal spray vaccine, is also in single-dose units and doesn't have thimerosal. It's possible to get flu-like symptoms from vaccine, but actual flu is very rare ...Read more

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Why do flu shots have mercury (thiomersal) in the vaccine?

Why do flu shots have mercury (thiomersal) in the vaccine?

Preservative: Thiomersal kills bacteria (germs). Multi-dose vials have thiomersal in them to prevent overgrowth of bacteria in case any bacteria are pushed into the vial when a needle is entered. The type of mercury is an "ethyl" compound that is removed by the body much more easily than the "methyl" type mercury that is present in fish and human breast milk (it is present in all our bodies.). ...Read more

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Can there be mercury in a 9 month old baby's flu shot vaccination?

Can there be mercury in a 9 month old baby's flu shot vaccination?

Yes: See dr pizzo's response. But keep in mind that the type of mercury (and there are safe and not safe types) in the shot has been demonstrated in many, many research studies to not have or cause any serious side effects in babies whereas the influenza infection can be deadly, causing unfortunately several thousands deaths in children per year. Do not be afraid. Get the shot! ...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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I had h2n3 during the 2012-2013 fu season. That’s the sickest I’ve ever been. I get the flu shot early but does that mean I have some natural immunity?

I had h2n3 during the 2012-2013 fu season. That’s the sickest I’ve ever been. I get the flu shot early but does that mean I have some natural immunity?

Could be true.: You may have some level of immunity against the H2N3 variant based on your illness with that variant back in the 2012-2013 season. There’s a bit of cross-immunity which may provide you a bit of immunity against similar strains, too. But it’s always good to get vaccinated anyway to really be safe. ...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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If my baby was really fussy after the last year’s flu shot, is it okay for him to have one this year?

If my baby was really fussy after the last year’s flu shot, is it okay for him to have one this year?

Yes: General fussiness certainly is not fun, but does not fall under the criteria of a dangerous reaction. And it is still "better" than a serious, potentially life threatening case of the flu. ...Read more

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When should I get my flu shot?

When should I get my flu shot?

Mid-Sep. To mid-Nov.: In the U.S., the best time to get a flu shot each fall is in October, which means September through November is fine. However, if one misses his shot at those times, it is still fine to get it anytime until the end of the flu season. The flu season ends at the end of winter (February-March). ...Read more

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How safe is a flu shot?

How safe is a flu shot?

Very!!: Although side effects can occur, such as fever, soreness, occasional achiness, and theoretically very rare more serious problems, it is much safer than being infected with the potential side effects of the infection, up to and including death! Immunize, immunize, immunize. ...Read more

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How do you give a flu shot?

Needle size: Good point on the length of the needle. I have seen offices use the 5/8" needle which is way too short to get into the muscle. You must use at least a 1" needle depending on the person you are injecting. ...Read more

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Could someone get sick from a flu shot?

Flu Shots: The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people have had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. ...Read more

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What happens if a child gets an adult flu shot?

What happens if a child gets an adult flu shot?

Not much usually: If a child gets an adult flu shot then usually there is not much that happens although a higher dose may cause a skin reaction. Just monitor carefully and if something starts to happen then please contact your dr for treatment of symptoms or if needs to be seen. Did your child get an adult flu shot? ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: flu shot?

What is the definition or description of: flu shot?

Flu shot: It is the trivalent influenza vaccine which contains purified inactivated antigens against viral strains from a & b virus strains. ...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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When was my last flu shot?

When was my last flu shot?

Ask your doctor: We do not have your medical records. You should keep track of your immunizations, ...Read more

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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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How effective are flu shots?

How effective are flu shots?

Statistics vary...: ...But in my own practice, in over 2000 recipients of flu vaccines there were only 6 cases of confirmed flu during an entire flu season. ...Read more

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Can I get flu from flu shot?

Can I get flu from flu shot?

No: A resounding no. The fever or occasional symptoms are a consequence of the immune system reacting to the vaccine. Not any infection. ...Read more

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Should I get my baby a flu shot?

Should I get my baby a flu shot?

Yes: If there's no specific reason your child shouldn't receive the shot, like an allergy, then, yes, most definitely. Flu shots can be given yearly after 6 months of age. Not giving the shot is not the same as not taking a risk; you're just accepting the much larger risk of getting the illness and a serious complication. Besides hygiene/clean water, nothing compares with vaccines for health value. ...Read more

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Who should get a flu shot in the us?

Influenza Vaccine: Really - anyone over the age of 6 months. ...Read more

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What is the half life of a flu shot?

What is the half life of a flu shot?

Lasts through season: I'm not sure if you're asking when it will kick in, or how long it lasts... Flu shots are good for the season, since they're geared to the expected strains. They don't "wear off" so much as fail to cover the strains coming out the next fall. It takes a couple weeks for the immunity to kick in, but they should last a long while; new shot needed every fall due to new strains. ...Read more

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Why is it important to get a flu shot?

Flu isn't innocent: The flu shot is highly effective at preventing not only you from getting the flu, but from you spreading it about. Most who get the flu have high fevers, coughing, and vomiting and misery. A large group get pneumonia, and about 36k die in this country every year. Those with infants under 6mo have to get the shot so baby doesn't get it. Infants are especially susceptible to bad consequences. ...Read more

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What are the side-effects of Flu shot?

What are the side-effects of Flu shot?

Flu shot: The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people have had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. ...Read more

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Any side affects of getting a flu shot?

Any side affects of getting a flu shot?

Potentially: Flu shot side effects may include: slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. If headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain occur they usually resolve within one to two days. You won't get the flu from a flu shot because the virus either contains inactivated virus or doesn't have virus particles in it. Severe side effects are rare. ...Read more

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Has anyone died from flu shot this year?

Has anyone died from flu shot this year?

No Nobody but FluCan: No body has died from flu shot but there has been number of people who died from inflenza.
Flu shots are as safe as can be. Some people may rarely get a reaction from the shots like any vaccine like allergic reaction, soreness at site of shot, low grade fever and aches. Very very rarely there have been reports of guillen barre syndrome
most of the time there is no reaction.
But inflenza can kill;has. ...Read more

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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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How do flu shots work?

They create memory: Flu-shots have parts of the virus that can't cause infection, but provoke an immune response. The virus continually changes, so that protection requires a new vaccine containing parts of the correct strain (s) of virus circulating that year, as predicted by the who. The immune reponse leads to "t-cells" that remember that part of the virus, and can quickly fight off live virus when you get exposed. ...Read more

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Overdose on flu shots?

How?: No respectable clinic would give you more than your fair share of flu vaccine? One vaccination is enough. Through accident or deceit you might be able to get two, but that should not harm you in any major way. Certainly not advised. ...Read more

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Do flu shots really work?

Yes: It seems to me that the issue is not that they are perfect, which they are not, but better than just taking chances on nature and our immune systems. Consistantly our pediatric population of serious ill kids with influenza hospitalizations and icu' issues are 95% unimmunized. The data on guillain-barre is that there is no increased risk. It seems to me that some protection and prevention is better than. ...Read more

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Do you recommend flu shots?

Absolutely: I recommend them for everyone. Why would anyone not want to prevent flu? ...Read more

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Can flu shots make you sick?

Not like Flu can!: Typically, the most you'll get is a little soreness at the site of the shot. Low fever, mild rash, or a little "yucky" feeling for a day or so may happen, but flu shots can not give you the flu. Period. It's a dead vaccine and can't cause the flu. The risk of getting the sick and getting bad complications is sooo much higher with the flu compared to any form of the vaccine. No comparison. ...Read more

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Who should receive flu shots?

Who should receive flu shots?

6 months and older: The annual influenza vaccine is currently recommended for all persons over 6 months old and in particular for those with chronic disease such as heart and lung disease. For more information, see my blog at: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/10/flu-shot-season/. ...Read more

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Where can one get free flu shots?

Where can one get free flu shots?

YOU WANT TO CHECK: With your local health department on this. ...Read more

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Should everyone get the flu shot?

Just about: Everyone. It is not for infants younger than 6 months of age. "People who have experienced a severe (life threatening) allergy to a prior dose of an seasonal influenza vaccine" should not get the flu shot per the CDC. ...Read more