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Does the flu shot prevent the flu?

Yes. The flu shot can be effective in prevention of whatever strains of influenza virus are covered the influenza combination used for that particular year. Even if one still catches the flu it is likely to be less aggressive. Read more...
Sometimes,however... Manufacturers have to predict which strains will circulate each year. This year's vaccine is thought to be only 10% effective. Even in the best years it doesn't always work. Flu vaccine temporarily reduces immunity and can have serious side effects. If you get it only get the single-dose vial form rather than the more commonly used multi-dose which has more mercury. See http://tinyurl.com/y8bufvlr. Read more...

How can a flu shot prevent one from getting the flu?

Flu shot. Flu shots like other vaccines expose your body to either a partially killed or killed virus which triggers your immune system to make antibodies to it. If you get exposed to the virus later, your body is prepared and can rapidly mount an attack against it either preventing you from getting sick or greatly reducing the severity of the illness. Read more...

Can I get the flu in the next week or so since I got the flu shot and then am prevented against it after that?

Yes you can get flu. The vacciene takes 3 weeks to render immunity before 3 weeks you will likely have lesser of a disease. The shot is 80% effective, also start early get the vaccine in october not mid or late flu season. Read more...

Due to a reaction I had to the flu shot as a kid pharmacists won't give me one. What can I do to prevent the flu otherwise??

Reexamine Reaction ! Please determine what reaction you had. It may not always be medically confirmed. There is no better way to prevent flu,than the vaccination. Mega vitamins, fluids, rest and discussed but not proven tobe effective prevention tools. Good hand washing, avoiding crowded places will held. If symptoms suggestive of flu are seen contact your doctor for a test swab and get treated appropriately. Read more...
Discuss with Ur doc. I would discuss the earlier reaction with your doc. There is a good chance that the reaction you had so long ago would not be a problem with todays new formulations or if done under close supervision. The pharmacist is not prepared to manage any patient with even the most remote chance of a reaction. Because they won't give it doesn't mean you cant have one. Read more...