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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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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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Is it worth it to get a flu shot if "flu season" is almost over?

Is it worth it to get a flu shot if "flu season" is almost over?

Yes.: Flu can happen at any time in any season. The evidence suggests regular routine annual flu vaccines typically provide the best level of protection. So, if you have not had your flu vaccine this year, you should get it now. ...Read more

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I'm taking 20 mg/day of methimazole as an initial dose. Can i get a flu shot this season?

I'm taking 20 mg/day of methimazole as an initial dose. Can i get a flu shot this season?

Definitely: It has no effect on your thyroid, which needs to be followed up to insure the proper dose of methinazole. ...Read more

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I've already had the flu this season. Should i still get a flu shot anyway? If i've already had the flu, should I get the flu shot too? Is there a chance i might get it again if i don't have the shot? .

I've already had the flu this season. Should i still get a flu shot anyway? If i've already had the flu, should I get the flu shot too? Is there a chance i might get it again if i don't have the shot?

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The : The flu vaccine is different each year. A great deal of research goes into determing what viruses are likely to be a problem each year. So you could develop one type of viral infection (including influenza), but it may not be the same strain of influenza that you would be vaccinated against. So, yes, it can be helpful. ...Read more

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Should I still get a usa flu shot when planning to stay overseas during flu season or do I need to get one in europe?

Should I still get a usa flu shot  when planning to stay overseas during flu season or do I need to get one in europe?

Flu shot: If you will be travelling to europe during a season when you expect influenza to be active, it is advisable to get the flu shot at least 2 - 3 weeks before your flight to give your body enough time to increase your antibody levels against the flu. This applies to everybody from age 9 years. ...Read more

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Is the flu shot still effective in the off season (summer)/temporary, or forever for those strains that imune sys learns? Forgot to get it in winter.

Is the flu shot still effective in the off season (summer)/temporary, or forever for those strains that imune sys learns?
Forgot to get it in winter.

Actually forever.: Fact is, the flu vaccine you receive in a given season will afford you lifetime protection against the strains of flu that are in that vaccine. The annual requirement is not because the shot wares off, but rather the strains we need to address change every year. ...Read more

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This flu season has me scared b/c I have a 6 mth old that is just getting 1st flu shot this week. If a baby gets the flu, do they usually get better?

This flu season has me scared b/c I have a 6 mth old that is just getting 1st flu shot this week.  If a baby gets the flu, do they usually get better?

Influenza vaccines: the flu shot is important to give to children. It helps protect them from serious illness caused by the flu virus and also helps them have less colds that year. yes, the children due better on the flu vaccine then without it. ...Read more

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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