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What Is The Difference Between Children And Adult Flu Vaccines
How good are the preservative free flu vaccine?And what's the difference from the regular flu shot?
Any flu shot better : Than none. Thimerosal is preservative used in multi-dose vials of flu vaccines while single-dose vials are preservative free. Other than that, there is no difference between the actual active flu shot. The preservative is used to prevent contamination when a multi-dose vial is punctured several times. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/complex-regional-pain-syndrome/ds00265 for more info. ...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
To what extent is the flu vaccines for children and newborns that will be around the child considered safe?
Each year: the new flu shots come out in early fall. When the vaccine is actually available depends on the private manufacturers. Try to get it as early as possible - ie. August - September as flu cases may start increasing around October. Even it you get it later in the season - still try to get it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Curious question: Companies that are able to remain in business must make a profit on their products or they cannot repay the monies invested in product development. Advances in vaccine safety and new vaccines require decades of meticulous study and strict adherence to fda guidelines. Many early trials are a dead end and discarded. Your government doesn't do it, the private sector does. ...Read more
I'm 100% up to date with all vaccines other than flu shot. Are their any vaccines I must have repeated or do most last a lifetime?
Depends: Some vaccines provide time limited benefit (whooping cough, tetanus,diphtheria, meningitis,flu) while others may last a lifetime (hepatitis B series, measles,HPV series). Some of the newer vaccines have not been used long enough to know if their benefit is lifetime or a booster is needed. All adults should review their vaccine status with their doc at their regular checkups. ...Read more
It depends...: They only help if they cover the current virus that is causing an influenza outbreak. The virus changes from year to year and the cdc makes an educated guess on which strains to cover in any given year. Fyi- you may not be getting actual influenza. There are thousands of viruses that can present with similar symptoms. The only way to know for sure is go to a clinic and get tested. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Assuming that you are healthy, there should be no problem in getting multiple vaccines at one time. Vaccines contain antigens, which train your immune system to fight off those infections should you encounter them in the future. Your body is able to handle many antigens at the same time. ...Read more
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
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