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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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I'm visiting home from college. Does it make a difference whether I get my flu shot at home or near college?

I'm visiting home from college. Does it make a difference whether I get my flu shot at home or near college?

Good idea: flu shot: It doesn't really matter 'where' you get your flu shot - the important thing is GETTING ONE to lower your chance of catching the flu. Since it's 'flu season' now, I would try to get the vaccine at the earliest opportunity. Flu kills at least 3, 000 Americans per year according to the CDC. You don't want to be one of them, or responsible for spreading it to someone else (i.e. Grandparents, babies). ...Read more

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How good are the preservative free flu vaccine? And what's the difference from the regular flu shot?

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

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I got a flu shot. They were out of the one that goes into the muscle, they gave me the one under the skin. Is there a difference in efficacy?

I got a flu shot. They were out of the one that goes into the muscle, they gave me the one under the skin. Is there a difference in efficacy?

Possibly: Influenza vaccination, with bivalent split virus vaccine (a/new jersey/76 and a/victoria/75), compared the immunogenicity when vaccine was given by the subcutaneous and intradermal routes. For the a/victoria vaccine, the immunogenicity given intradermally seemed superior. For a/victoria/75 there was no difference. These differences, if real, are probably not clinically significant. ...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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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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Is it true that the flu shot is essentially the same for infants and adults?

Is it true that the flu shot is essentially the same for infants and adults?

See below: Flu vaccine injection is essentially same "killed virus" but dose varies according to age. Adults get single shot; children may get series. Also is an intradermal injection available only to adults. Avian flu (h5n1) vaccine is available only for adults with exposure risk. ...Read more

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My 6 month old got the adult flu shot by accident. Does she still need the booster in a month?

My 6 month old got the adult flu shot by accident. Does she still need the booster in a month?

Yes: The booster is given to create a long lasting immune response. Even though he/she received a "double dose" of the vaccine, he/she still needs a booster. ...Read more

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Can the flu shot cause seizures in adults? I had a seizure when I was 13 around the time I had a flu shot and was wondering if it could be related.

Can the flu shot cause seizures in adults? I had a seizure when I was 13 around the time I had a flu shot and was wondering if it could be related.

Depends on:: Do you have epilepsy? Or you just curious about what happened as an adolescent? Doubt the flu shot caused the seizure, and certainly if you suffered further seizures, the events would be due to other causes. ...Read more

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I have had allergic reactions to the MMR and the tdap as an adult. Iam still experiencing symptoms from the tdap. It is mandatory to have take the flu shot where I work. I am also being treated for an unusual scalp lesion that will not heal for the last

I have had allergic reactions to the MMR and the tdap as an adult. Iam still experiencing symptoms from the tdap. It is mandatory to have take the flu shot where I work. I am also being treated for an unusual scalp lesion that will not heal for the last

Speak with Doctor: You cannot be forced to take the flu shot. Though it is much safer to be vaccinated against influenza than to contract this deadly virus, you can speak with your primary care doctor who can help you to advise your employer of your decision not to get the flu shot. ...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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I am curious what is the side affects of the 2016-2017 flu shot and how long should I wait to get my flu shot.?

I am curious what is the side affects of the 2016-2017 flu shot and how long should I wait to get my flu shot.?

No different 2015: Overall no difference in side effects from last year
right now would be a good time to get flu shot as it take few weeks to get immunity and full benefit ...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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Should I get a flu shot?

Should I get a flu shot?

Your decision: If you belong to a vulnerable health group, such as elderly (65+) or/and have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, immune system disorder, asthma or any lung condition, you should get vaccinated. Also, if you liver or care for people with above conditions and they may catch it from you, you want to protect them by getting the shot. Otherwise, it is your decision. ...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?

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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