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Whether Flu Shots Can Be Given In The Hip
Yes: The flu shot is given usually in the deltoid (upper arm) with a short needle in the muscle itself. It could be given in the buttock as long as it is given in the muscle with a needle long enough to reach the muscle and you are sure it is in the muscle. Easier to get in the upper arm and you don't have to drop trow! ...Read more
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
Yes it is possible: It is an intramuscular injection and can be injected in gluteal muscles but preferred choice is in the arm.But it can be injected in hip area muscles. ...Read more
I am having a total hip replacement in a couple of weeks and I have diabetes 2. Should i get the flu shot before.My surgery?
I had this lump a week ago on my hip, it didn't hurt, it just itched. 2 days beforehand i had gotten flu vaccine, mmr, tetanus, and hepatitus b shots.
Lump: Lump may be due to the multiple vaccines you received. Use cool compresses to reduce the sewlling. ...Read more
See below: There would not be any significant risk. ...Read more
Yes it can be: Yes it can be given in thigh. ...Read more
My daughter has gillian barre and was given a flu shot without history taken. Anything to be worried about?
Guillain-Barre: is a serious medical condition, and up to 5% of people can relapse. It would be wise to monitor her very closely and seek immediate medical attention if symptom appear to be recurring. It is also important that you notify healthcare personel of any significant illness or medical history prior to giving consent to vaccination, even if they don't ask. ...Read more
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What do you suggest if my child has gillian barre and was given a flu shot without history takenconcerns?
Depends: If the guillain barre was felt to be a result of a previous flu shot ( a known but rare complication) then the child should not receive a flu shot. If the child's guillain barre developed independently ( without having a recent flu shot) then giving the flu shot is something to consider along with your Dr. Didn't the person bringing the child for vaccination have to fill out forms that asked? ...Read more
2 yr old. Fever of 102.4. Flu shot yeaterday. Could it be related? Also tylonal was given 1 hr ago still no change. What do I do?
Call your doc: The flu vaccine in theory could cause this, but the time is a little off. Usually the fever starts the same day or later that night. The next day suggests probably catching something while there at the docs. You can treat it like a new illness, likely viral, but if it's not getting better, call the office back. ...Read more
On 10-4-12 i was given a flu shot & pnemonia inj in arm. Developed cellulitis within a day . Finished antibodic but arm still looks terrible?
Local reaction: The overwhelming probability is that you reacted adversely to something in the injected material, whether the antibiotic or the carrier. If it is not getting worse, time is the great healer. Warm compresses at this point might be helpful. On rare occasions this may represent infection from a contaminated injection. If so and you are getting worse, see doctor asap. ...Read more
What type of treatment does a child of 13 mos of age get for the flu? And no she hasnt had flu shot im worried that my 4yr old granddaughter may have given my 13 mos old granddaughter the flu. We have tried to get the baby the flu shot but her doctors
The : The most important treatments for the flu in a 13 month old toddler would still be rest drinking of adequate fluids. In addition to over the counter medications such as tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen for fever, there are prescription medications such as tamiflu, which are approved for use in children over 12 months of age. When started within the first 1-2 days of onset of flu symptoms, it has been shown to decrease the duration of flu symptoms by 1.3 days on average. Importantly, it is available in a liquid suspension for ease of use in small children. ...Read more
Have heartburn/tight chest & full body rash (itchy, little red dots, irritating behind ear)- flu shot given 5 days ago, s/s started 1 day later.?
This could be a viral rash, but you can't discount other possible causes exanthems can be caused by toxins or drugs, microorganisms, or can result from autoimmune disease. It could be related to the flu shot, but not necessarily.
A visit to the medical doctor could be warranted here. ...Read more
I got a flu shot yesterday and just now feel 2 non tender supraclavicular nodes on left (flu shot was given in left arm). Should I be concerned?
Monitor: No, likely not. I would just monitor them and if still there in one month, see MD. ...Read more
How long is an infant protected from the flu shot given to a pregnant woman in the 3rd trimester? I got the 4 virus version.
Hard to be sure: The antibodies built during pregnancy are pushed into baby at a level higher per pound than mom retains. That said, all such antibodies begin to age out and become less effective with time. By 3-6 mo there is little if any left. Since there are always a few more flu strains circulating than the ones they can put in the vaccine, it is important to avoid exposure as the primary form of prevention ...Read more
Too early to tell: So far the flu activity has been spotty. It will be well into the holiday season & related gatherings of folks from all parts of the country that we see if it did. ...Read more
Flu vaccine and GBS: Gbs is rare. Medical events occur regardless of vaccination, and background rates are used to assess vaccine safety by comparing the expected rate of disease or death to the actual or observed rate in any given timeframe. The background rate for gbs in the U.S. Is about 80 to 160 cases of gbs each week, regardless of vaccination. ...Read more
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
I had h2n3 during the 2012-2013 fu season. That’s the sickest I’ve ever been. I get the flu shot early but does that mean I have some natural immunity?
Could be true.: You may have some level of immunity against the H2N3 variant based on your illness with that variant back in the 2012-2013 season. There’s a bit of cross-immunity which may provide you a bit of immunity against similar strains, too. But it’s always good to get vaccinated anyway to really be safe. ...Read more
It depends on the brand. Some flu shots do *not* have thimerosal - the preservative with mercury in it. Some flu shots have trace amounts. For more info about all shots, thimerosal, and brands: check this link:
ask your doc what brand do they use. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Not much: The flu shot is supposed to build antibodies to different strains of flu virus in the hopes that it will offer cross protection to the current strains. It contains other contaminants that can be toxic. I am not a fan of the flu shot. Other physicians may have a different experience. ...Read more
Yes (65 & older): The high dose influenza vaccine can be used for people who are 65 and older. Recent studies indicated that it was 24.2% more effective in preventing influenza in this population. ...Read more
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
Drinking what?: There isn't any drink that one can buy at the grocery store or liquor store that will alter the effectiveness of a flu shot. The only things would be medications such as prednisone syrup from the pharmacy. So, if one is drinking prednisone syrup or other immunosuppressant drugs, let the doctor know so he can adjust the timing of the flu shot in case the shot should be done earlier or later. ...Read more
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