6 months and older. The annual influenza vaccine is currently recommended for all persons over 6 months old and in particular for those with chronic disease such as heart and lung disease. For more information, see my blog at: http://www. Familyallergyasthmacare. Com/2013/10/flu-shot-season/.
Everyone 6 mo and up. Everyone age 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccine. Children under age 9 who are receiving flu vaccine for the first time should have 2 doses a month apart. Those aged 2-49 years of age who have no chronic medical conditions may be eligible for the nasal version, Flu Mist.
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.
No. No, the vaccines for babies are mercury-free. The MMR vaccine (given when 1 year old) may still have some mercury-based preservative, but it is a very minuscule amount.
Some don't. 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: http://www. Vaccinesafety. Edu/thi-table. Htm#*#* ask your doc what brand do they use. Hope this helps!
Nasal flu shots. Nasal flu shots don't contain mercury.
Multi-dose vials. The multi-dose vials contain a trace amount of thimerasol, a safe preservative that has never been shown dangerous to humans. Single dose pre-filled syringes have none as well as the nasal spray used in older kids.
Wait until you are. No longer feeling acutely ill and then get your flu shot. Take care.
If my baby was really fussy after the last year’s flu shot, is it okay for him to have one this year?
Yes. Any child can be fussy after any vaccine. This is usually mild, lasts less than 24 hours, and can be relieved by giving acetaminophen. The flu shot offers excellent protection against flu, which is a serious respiratory illness that leads to pneumonia. Tell your doctor about previous reactions when your child is vaccinate, for advice on how to manage discomfort.
Yes. Fussiness is not a contraindication to a flu shot. It is not uncommon for babies to react with slight irritability, fever, soreness or body aches after the influenza vaccine. The reaction generally improves within 1-2 days and a dose of Acetaminophen may help to alleviate the symptoms if needed.
Yes. General fussiness certainly is not fun, but does not fall under the criteria of a dangerous reaction. And it is still "better" than a serious, potentially life threatening case of the flu.
Mid-Sep. To mid-Nov. In the U.S., the best time to get a flu shot each fall is in October, which means September through November is fine. However, if one misses his shot at those times, it is still fine to get it anytime until the end of the flu season. The flu season ends at the end of winter (February-March).
Agree w Dr. Kwok. I suggest you get it as soon as it is available to the public each year.
It will. In my experience the pain after a flu shot always resolves.
Flu shot. It is the trivalent influenza vaccine which contains purified inactivated antigens against viral strains from a & b virus strains.
It's about strains. The flu vaccine is likely to have protective benefits everywhere. Even if strains are different in different world regions, there should be enough crossover to be effective.