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When is it too late in the season to get a flu shot?

When is it too late in the season to get a flu shot?

Well: It's never "too late" to get one, but the 2013-2014 season's vaccines should be coming out right about now, depending where you are, so you're just a little early actually. ...Read more

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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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Is it true that I will get a "light" version of the flu when I get the seasonal flu shot?

Is it true that I will get a "light" version of the flu when I get the seasonal flu shot?

No: Most people will get an ache in there arm and sometimes a subtle fever or fatigue at the time of the shot. This is not a "light" version of the flu, but rather a good sign that the body is beginning to build an immune response against the actual flu. There is no live virus flu in the injectable flu shot and you cannot get the flu from it. ...Read more

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When is it too late to get a tetanus shot from the day of the injury?

When is it too late to get a tetanus shot from the day of the injury?

Never to late: The incubation period prior to the onset of tetanus symptoms can take several days to several months, depending on the location of the inoculation. ...Read more

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How late in the season is a flu shot still worthwhile?

How late in the season is a flu shot still worthwhile?

Depends...: This year we've had the latest onset of flu season in my recollection, so here we are almost in may and the flu shot is still a good idea. ...Read more

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What happens if someone in your household has the flu, is it too late to get a flu shot?

What happens if someone in your household has the flu, is it too late to get a flu shot?

Influenza: It usually takes about two weeks for the Flu shot to provide you with protection. But antivirals (Tamiflu, Relenza, (zanamivir) Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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The flu: get the shot or not? Is it normal or not to never really get the full on flu? In fact, the only time i've ever even got the flu is when i get the shot. The worst i've ever gotten is a little bug during cold season, and that's even rare. The rea

The flu: get the shot or not? Is it normal or not to never really get the full on flu? In fact, the only time i've ever even got the flu is when i get the shot.  The worst i've ever gotten is a little bug during cold season, and that's even rare.

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The : The cdc (center for disease contriol) and fda recommends that the flu shot is for everyone. The great fear is that there may be a flu pandemic, that occurs without warning. The flu shot is not going to prevent you from having a cold or minor respiratory illness. It is hoped that it will protect you from the flu, characterized by fever, chills, muscle aches, cough, severe fatigue which might make it bedridden even for weeks. The flu is often complicated by a secondry bacterial pneumonia which can be lethal. During world war i, the spanish flu killed more soldiers than were killed by bombs, bullets or chemical weapons. It killed healthy soldiers in training camps. Most people have had colds, few have actually had the flu. Everyone is different and can opt in or out of getting the flu shot. Be safe, get a flu shot. ...Read more

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Is It possible to be immune to the flu ? Never had a flu shot in my life and I can't remember the last time i was sick other than a common cold..

Is It possible to be immune to the flu ? Never had a flu shot in my life and I can't remember the last time i was sick other than a common cold..

Just lucky so far: There is no natural immunity to influenza. At least half of all people your age (20) have never had overt influenza, so this is nothing unusual. You have just been lucky so far; either you never caught it, or you had mild symptoms. Flu often is no worse than a common cold. You definitely still should always have recommended influenza immunization every year. ...Read more

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Am I too late to get the flu shot if everyone else in the house is already sick?

Am I too late to get the flu shot if everyone else in the house is already sick?

No: It's too late to get the flu shot if you already had the flu, not if you or people close to you are "already sick." too many people think getting a flu shot is supposed to stop you from getting sick. It does, but it only stops you from getting sick with the flu, and nothing else. There are many, many illnesses, and the flu shot protects you from the flu. ...Read more

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When in the flu season is a flu shot still worthwhile?

Varies with area: There has been a resurgence of the flu in some parts of the country including a case in my office a few minutes ago. If it's available, it may provide you some benefit. It's better to get early in the season. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get a flu shot in the leg?

Yes it is but: Yes you can get flu shot in your leg but that's not the proper site to give flu shot.It is an intramuscular vaccine and can be injected in any muscle. ...Read more

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When is it too late to get a tetanus booster?

It's never too late: But if you have a wound / injury that could be contaminated while you were not protected it should be evaluated for infection ( as all significant skin wounds or injuries should be). ...Read more

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Is it too late to have my kids get the flu shot or would there still be a need/benefit?

Is it too late to have my kids get the flu shot or would there still be a need/benefit?

Get flu vaccine now: Influenza activity is predicted to increase in the next couple of months, so getting the vaccine now will still be beneficial. This year has been a bit unusual, as influenza cases have been more prevalent, earlier than usual. We expect early 2013 to bring even more influenza activity. It's never to late to vaccinate. I had a teen with influenza a in july! he exposed an entire football camp. ...Read more

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