What chemicals are in a flu shot?

Check insert. Regular flu shots carry a warning of egg allergy. The flu virus in routine shots is a dead virus so you can;t "get the flu" from the shot ( a common misunderstanding). The nasal flu vaccine is not a dead virus and is not recommended in pregnant women. As far as preservatives, or chemicals they vary from company to company.
Read the insert. Each dose has an insert available listing all ingredients that are involved to make the vaccine safer and stronger.
Mercury-free vaccine. Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative used in multi-dose vaccine vials. It is not known to be dangerous, but why get injected with mercury? You can order a mercury-free flu shot, like I do, for a few dollars more, in a single-dose vial, or, better, in a pre-filled glass syringe, which reduces chances of contamination by office staff during syringe-filling.

Related Questions

Why don't a large number of people believe in a flu shot? They think it's ineffective.

Don't know. While not perfect, due to the nature of viruses the annual flu vaccine has more efficacy than many things done more commonly- vitamins, otc, etc. Read more...
Many reasons. There are concerns with reactions as well as manufacturing practices. Furthermore a flu shot does not guarantee against developing the flu. It simply is the result of estimates about what may potentially be the most likely flu virus that season. Nevertheless, it is still vary safe and worth receiving in particularly high risk populations. Read more...

Should I get a flu shot?

Your decision. If you belong to a vulnerable health group, such as elderly (65+) or/and have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, immune system disorder, asthma or any lung condition, you should get vaccinated. Also, if you liver or care for people with above conditions and they may catch it from you, you want to protect them by getting the shot. Otherwise, it is your decision. Read more...
I did. If you get the flu - you will wish you had. Influenza vaccine is contraindicated in infants less than 6 months old, if you have a high fever or if you have had a past severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. Read more...

Why should I get a flu shot?

Your choice. If you have contact with the public during flu season there is a good chance you will be exposed & some chance of getting the flu.If you have little public or social contact with others, you are at low risk and the vaccine may not offer much.It is your choice. I've done a flu shot for decades & rarely miss a day of work. If you want to take the chance you are free to. Read more...

Could you have sick from a flu shot?

The flu shot will. Not cause you to have the flu but you could have an achy arm or feel slightly under the weather. Read more...

Should I be concerned that the site were I received a flu shot has swelled considerable?

I would be concerned. It sounds like your body is reacting adversely; i'd think twice before getting this again. It's hard to know how common this reaction is- for some strange reason flu vaccine manufacturers are not required to report the frequency of side effects; this concerns me. As to why, some people may be allergic or sensitive to toxins in the vaccine.See http://bit.Ly/1apwgd0 ; http://bit.Ly/19vzl7q. Read more...

What are the negative effects of a flu shot?

Several. Generally any reaction is possible with flu or any immunization. You can still get the flu , or get headache bodyaches. You could get a site infection from the injection. Some people have strange reactions. I like to think positively and hope that we prevent you from getting flu. There is a long list of things on the flu websites i would probably check that out. Read more...
Potential side effec. Flu shot side effects may include: slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. If headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain occur they usually resolve within one to two days. You won't get the flu from a flu shot because the virus either contains inactivated virus or doesn't have virus particles in it. Severe side effects are rare. Read more...

How safe is a flu shot?

Very!! Although side effects can occur, such as fever, soreness, occasional achiness, and theoretically very rare more serious problems, it is much safer than being infected with the potential side effects of the infection, up to and including death! immunize, immunize, immunize. Read more...
Very safe. If it weren't extremely safe, we wouldn't recommend that everyone get one. Read more...
Rare serious effects. Flu shots rarely cause very serious side effects including death and (more commonly) Guillain-Barre Syndrome (paralysis). The flu can also cause death but it hasn't been proven that flu shots reduce death in adults (there is evidence it can in children).
See http://tinyurl.com/y6uqs786 for good info on incidence of side effects, also http://tinyurl.com/y7wwq842
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http://tinyurl.com/y8bufvlr. Read more...

How do you give a flu shot?

Into muscle. The trivalent inactivated vaccine for flu (flu shot) is injected into a muscle using a 22-25 gage(thin) needle 1 to 1 1/2 inch long. Site selection varies but is usually outer arm, deltoid region for older kids & adults, thigh in infants. Read more...
Needle size. Good point on the length of the needle. I have seen offices use the 5/8" needle which is way too short to get into the muscle. You must use at least a 1" needle depending on the person you are injecting. Read more...