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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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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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If your child was autistic, would you give them the flu shot?

If your child was autistic, would you give them the flu shot?

Without Question: There are no questions that the vaccine is safe. An autistic child tends to have much greater negative effects of the infection itself, than any possible problems with the vaccine. ...Read more

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Can you give your child the flu shot?

Can you give your child the flu shot?

Certainly yes: Any child 6 months or older has the first priority to receive flu shot. ...Read more

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My 12 months baby got an adult flu shot and a baby flu shot ?

My 12 months baby got an adult flu shot and a baby flu shot ?

Oops!: I assume this was an error. Injectable flu vaccine is a killed virus vaccine. Your baby will not get the flu from it. Because there is more antigen in the adult form of vaccine your baby may have more antibody response--fever, aches, fussiness. If your baby got a multidose vial flu it was likely preserved with some thimerosol. This has a little mercury in it. I would talk to the dr about that. ...Read more

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I think I am coming down with the flu, and we did not give our baby the flu shot. What should I do?

I think I am coming down with the flu, and we did not give our baby the flu shot.  What should I do?

Stay away: If in fact you have infection with the influenza virus this is very easily transmitted to those around you. The probability is that baby has already been exposed, but if you are uncertain and are able to remove yourself from their presence, do so. If not, wash your hands with soap and water regularly, wear a mask, and try to keep exposure of your bodily secretions to the baby at a minimum. ...Read more

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Can the flu shot give my baby the flu?

Can the flu shot give my baby the flu?

No: The flu shot is dead. It cannot give your baby the flu. While as in any vaccinations, there are some minor side effects, e.g. Fever, the benefit of the shot far outweighs contracting the flu itself from an infected person. If your little one is over 6 months, then he/she should get it. ...Read more

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Is it okay for the pediatrician to give my 6 month old baby the flu shot?

Is it okay for the pediatrician to give my 6 month old baby the flu shot?

Safe-yes: This vaccine is delayed to 6 months because it is thought the maternal antibodies baby gets from you during pregnancy would otherwise weaken the benefit.It is a safe and effective product. I will run out of my supply for this age group in a week or two. ...Read more

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What happens if a child received only 1 dose of the flu shot, and did not get the second one?

What happens if a child received only 1 dose of the flu shot, and did not get the second one?

Flu shot in children: The 2nd flu shot is given the first time the child gets the flu shots ever. It builds up better immunity. The scenario whre the child does nto get hte 2nd shot does no harm but it jus tmay not impart the best immunity level. ...Read more

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If I have had my flu shot is it ok to be around a child with type b flu?

If I have had my flu shot is it ok to be around a child with type b flu?

Not necessarily: Influenza vaccine may or may not cover each of the influenza viruses currently circulating in the community, and some people do not necessarily develop complete immunity to the strains contained within the vaccine. If you know that an individual with whom you are going to be in contact has influenza and you can avoid contact that would be the safest course of action. ...Read more

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Can the flu shot make my child sleepier for the whole day?

Can the flu shot make my child sleepier for the whole day?

Not likely: Flu shots should not generally create lassitude. If the child is sleepy all day suggest that it is possible there is another reason. If this continues, have them seen by family doctor or pediatrician. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child has gillian barre and was given a flu shot without history takenconcerns?

What do you suggest if my child has gillian barre and was given a flu shot without history takenconcerns?

Depends: If the guillain barre was felt to be a result of a previous flu shot ( a known but rare complication) then the child should not receive a flu shot. If the child's guillain barre developed independently ( without having a recent flu shot) then giving the flu shot is something to consider along with your Dr. Didn't the person bringing the child for vaccination have to fill out forms that asked? ...Read more

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What are the usual side effects of a flu shot for a child?

What are the usual side effects of a flu shot for a child?

Fever and soreness: The most common side effect is fever , soreness and occassional cold like symptoms. Most often there are no side effects. ...Read more

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Which side effects of a flu shot for a child are most common?

Which side effects of a flu shot for a child are most common?

Soreness/fever/irrit: Most children have no unpleasant side effects from flu vaccine but some may get soreness and swelling at the site of injectionwhich is self limiting, low grade fever and irritability. ...Read more

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At what age should my child get a flu shot? She is 2 1/2 years old.

At what age should my child get a flu shot? She is 2 1/2 years old.

Let me explain: U.S. Centers for disease control and prevention (cdc) recommends the flu vaccine for everyone, including children starting at 6 months. (babies under 6 months are too young to get vaccinated. ...Read more

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How typical is it for my child to get a rash after the flu shot?

How typical is it for my child to get a rash after the flu shot?

Not: Do consult your ped. A rash is not a horrible side effect. But let's take care of both of you. Your concern is enough reason to call. Say, tomorrow. ...Read more

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My doctor accidentally gave my child the flu shot two times instead of one. Will he be okay?

My doctor accidentally gave my child the flu shot two times instead of one.  Will he be okay?

Almost surely: Unless there is a reaction at the site of the vaccination this should not create any serious problems. ...Read more

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