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Snopes Mercury In Flu Shots
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No: Flu shots are not associated with granulomas. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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