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Should people that once had guillain barre syndrome get the flu vaccine?

Maybe. There is some association of guillian-barre syndrome with prior immunizations. If the individual with this illness had it precipitated by influenza immunization, would avoid repeating this. If they had not been previously immunized it is not likely this would present a major risk in the future, and influenza can be a very bad illness. Read more...

I'm required to have the flu vaccine to enter the nursing program at my university. I've never had it before & I am scared. Is it really safe?

Flu vacc. is safe. The flu vaccines do work, both the shot and the nasal spray. Sometimes the protection is partial, so that a person may still get the flu but a milder case of it. The flu vaccine protects only against the influenza viruses, but not against cold viruses that can cause colds and flu-like symptoms. Read more...
Usually safe but... Most doctors feel the benefits outweigh the risks but I'm not so sure. For a discussion of side effects see http://tinyurl.com/qf8meos (it's interesting to read the comments). Serious side effects are rare but mild transient side effects are common. But it doesn't really work that well.See http://tinyurl.com/lncpvly & http://tinyurl.com/odsandq Be sure to get single dose shots without thimerosal! Read more...

Is the yearly flu vaccine truly and definitely 100% safe for everyone without any shadow of a doubt? I'm scared of the flu but also scared of the shot

Nothing is 100% safe. But literally hundreds of millions of people have received the flu vaccine over the years. There can be side effects, most commonly a little soreness in the arm. You should be more frightened of the flu than the shot. I guarantee that if you get the flu, you will be miserable for a couple weeks. I'll take the sore arm. Read more...
Always risk. There will always be some risk with any medication, vaccination, supplement, treatment or procedure. Vaccines are carefully studied for safety and efficacy before being recommended for routine use. Often times, the risk of severe illness or death from the disease being vaccinated against far outweighs the small risk of adverse event from receiving it. It's a personal decision. http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ Read more...

If you are allergic to eggs can you still take the flu vaccine?

Get the flu shot . In general, pt who are egg allergic can receive the flu shot. There are published protocols on how to adminster the flu vaccine in this population of patients. Read more...

My toddler is allergic to eggs. Is it safe for him to have the flu vaccine?

See Allergist. Check with a pediatric allergist. Depends upon severity and details of "allergy". Read more...
No flu shot if..... Current 2014 CDC contraindications to the flu shot include: previous allergic reaction to flu vaccine, infants under 6 months of age. People with egg allergies MAY POSSIBLY be candidates for flu vaccination (talk to your doctor) . Precaution is advised for those with history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome within 6 weeks of a previous flu vaccine, and those with current moderate to severe illnesses. Read more...

What is best protection from the flu? How safe are the flu shots? Why do some dr's don't want their own families getting the flu vaccine?

Best protection from. The flu is a flu shot. Side effects are usually minimal. I don't know any doctor's who don't want their family members to have flu vaccines. Read more...
Vaccinate. The best protection is to immunize with the vaccine.The risks are truly minimal compared with the risk of serious complications from the disease itself.All doctors i know immunize their families.The ones that do not are apparently not knowlegable regarding the risks and benefits.The vaccine is not perfect, but better than taking a chance on never being exposed to someone contagious with flu. Read more...
Flu shot. Or isolation in a sterile environment! impractical! the current vaccines are not painful, generally effective for the common flu viruses(of which there are many unfortunately). Most docs that i know take the shot! Read more...