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Doctor insights on: Whats The Difference Between Adult Flu Shot And Pediatric Flu Shot

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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

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 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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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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

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


Dr. Chad Rudnick
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Pediatrics (Definition)

Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that concerns ...Read more