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What Is The Difference Between Children And Adult Flu Vaccines
To what extent is the flu vaccines for children and newborns that will be around the child considered safe?
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
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
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
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 not sure what: vaccines you are referring to. One vaccine that patients often say hurts more than the others is Gardasil. The Flu vaccine actually does often cause pain, as does a tetanus vaccine. The soreness is from the body's immune response to the vaccine, which means it is starting to work. Some of the pain is also from the needlestick, itself, especially those vaccines which go into the muscle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Flu changes: The influenza virus mutates as it travels around the world each year. It arrives back changed enough that our immune system does not recognize it from the last round (or shot) this means we have to get vaccinated each year for the new "strains" of flu since our body perceives it as a new virus. Some years the virus changes more than others, leading to worse epidemics if the shot is rigged wrong. ...Read more
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