Has anyone in nursing home been allowed to refuse the influenza vaccine?

Yes. Residents should be able to refuse an influenza vaccine as consent is required. Although influenza vaccine should be strongly encouraged as the benefits outweight the risks. Influenza can blow through a nursing home causing serious and life-threatening illness; the more vaccinated, the better in order to reduce potential for spread.

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My son lives with me and has the flu; I've had the vaccine. Is it dangerous for me to visit my 88 year old mother who's in a nursing home?

Flu Season. Given the fact that you had the vaccine and are not ill you can visit your mother without any worry. Read more...
Low Risk. As long as your are not sick yourself the risk is low, although not impossible.But that is true anytime , when you might unknowingly be carrying an infection. Read more...

What can I expect as side effects from influenza vaccine?

Fever, soreness. And funny enough, flu like symptoms. Listen , please help me spread the word : a flu shot will not give you the flu or keep you from getting it, but if you get it, it gives you a fighting chance not to end up with pneumonia and dying. How's that? Read more...
Side effects. 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...

I Frequently catch colds, will taking influenza vaccine be beneficial? If so, When and how frequently I should take the vaccine to prevent colds?

May increase colds! Influenza vaccine is purely to prevent influenza. It not only does nothing to reduce risk of colds but a recent well-conducted placebo-controlled study showed those who got flu vaccine had 4.4 times more non-influenza respiratory infections in the following 9 months! While those who got flu vaccine had slightly lower incidence of flu the diff. was not significant! See http://tinyurl.com/gqhfl95. Read more...
Unrelated. The flu vaccine can reduce your chance of dying from rare complications of flu, but it does nothing for colds. There is a immune treatment we give small babies that reduces chances of RSV, a major cause of colds, but the dose must be given monthly & cost exceeds $1000/dose for the average baby, we never give it to adults.Follow a healthy lifestyle including hand washing and you may do better. Read more...
Influenza vaccine. Influenza vaccines are for very specific strains of influenza. Thus, they would not prevent infections from cold viruses. Read more...
Hand washing. Agree with Dr. Fowler. You can reduce your risk of getting colds by washing hands frequently and avoiding contact with people who have colds.
Have a healthy diet, exercise, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, if you do, and get HPV vaccine, if you are younger than 45-years. Wish you good health! Read more...

Is arm suppose to hurt after influenza vaccine?

Common side effect. It's common for there to be soreness after a flu shot. If it's mild normal pain relievers like acetominophen or Ibuprofen will help. If it's severe consult your health care provider. Read more...
Common Occurrence. All injectable vaccines work by stimulating your immune system. This stimulation can often result in some soreness and mild tenderness at the injection site for a few days. Read more...
CanHurtAtInjectionSi. It can sometime hurt at site of injection. Read more...

What are some mild adverse effects of the influenza vaccine?

Mild Adverse Effects. Side effects which are mostly minor like local swelling and soreness and redness, low grade fever, and not feeling good in few people for 48 to 72 hours, Read more...
Influenza vaccine. 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...

My son is allergic to egg, can he have the influenza vaccine?

Maybe. If chick embryos are involved with its production, no. Please consult your pediatrician. This is important. Ok? Good. Read more...

My toddler recieved influenza vaccine in February this year booster in March. Does she need this years new influenza vaccine now?

Yes. The vaccine she received in February was formulated to cover the strains that were predicted/seen for the Winter 2013-2014 season. This Winter 2014-2015 may have different strains present thus a completely different vaccine is formulated so receiving the new influenza vaccine is recommended. Read more...