Should a flu vaccine be taken in conjunction with oseltamivir when symptoms first occur?

?Expectations? Being vaccinated at the time you believe you are developing the flu has an interesting benefit, but is unlikely to help with the initial illness.The body will require 2-3 wks to develop a protective antibody level after vaccination. As dr diamond stated, you might not have the flu, yet even if you do, the vaccine helps build protection from other strains you could catch that season.
Timing. Keep in mind that the vaccine does not work overnight.So getting it at the onset of symptoms may not diminish the symptoms at all. But since you can not be sure if the symptoms you are developing are really influenza or not, it would be wise to immunize.
Maybe; ask the Dr. More than one flu strain goes around the community each season. Flu a has been the main one the past few seasons. If a person gets one strain of the flu, he can still get the flu shot to protect against the other 2 strains of flu. The vaccine protects against 3 strains each season.
No. The flu vaccine needs to be done before you're exposed, it won't help once you start to feel sick. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) should be taken as soon as you realize you have the flu in order to be most effective.

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18 month old got her vaccines that were due and a flu shot 10 days ago. Now she is breaking out in hives. No symptoms or diet change. Related?

See pediatrician. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) best avoided in children. Sometimes makes them crazy. There are much better antihistamines. Probably this will resolve in a short lime. Read more...
Possible. It is usually not the killed virus itself but what may be added to the vaccine which can cause an allergic reaction. For example, some vaccines do contain small amount of gelatin to which a few people may have become allergic. Read more...

If I've just recovered from a cold, when is it ok to go for a flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine. As long as you do not have a fever or rash, it is ok to get vaccinated. Read more...
Flu shot. Influenza vaccine is contraindicated in infants less than 6 months old, if you have a high fever, a moderate to severe acute illness, or if you have had a past severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. Read more...

Do I need a flu vaccine going to china?

Yes. You will need seasonal vaccines like the flu shot plus others specific to the duration and areas involved in your visit.You can find corrent information at the cdc website.Go to www.Cdc.Gov/travel and put in your destination country to bring up the details. Read more...

Can I get a flu vaccine if I woke up with the chills?

Wait until better. Flu vaccines have attenuated virus particles and are engineered to give you a small dose of virus like particles so that your body can mount an immune response and fight off the real infection in the future. If you are feeling sick, before getting the flu vaccine it will be hard to tell if your symptoms are from a vaccine a reaction or a normal progression of your cold. Check with your doc first. Read more...
No. Vaccines should not be given if there is a risk of current infection. Read more...

Is it ok to take a flu vaccine even if I have a cough?

Should be fine. The function and efficiency of the injected flu vaccine will be unaltered if you have a cough.It should also not aggravate that illness. I would not get the living/nasal flu vaccine during any condition where your upper airway or lungs were compromised as with cough, congestion bronchitis or asthma. Read more...

If my baby is 6.5 months old, should I get him a flu vaccine?

Yes. Flu vaccine is indicated for everyone over 6 months of age. Flu is particularly dangerous for infants and young children. And complications of influenza like ear infections and pneumonia are common in this age group. Read more...
Yes. Your baby can and should get the vaccine, unless he is severely allergic to eggs. The flu can be a very serious illness in young children, and is a common cause of hospitalization, and worse. The first year an infant receives the flu vaccine, they should receive a booster dose 1 month later. Read more...
Yes. Absolutely. Especially since influenza can be a more severe infection in the young and elderly. The flu vaccine is very effective, safe, and well tolerated, so i would certainly be sure to get your baby vaccinated (as well as all household family members!). Read more...
Yes. Highly recommended. It may not provide perfect immunity at this age, but it will certainly decrease the odds of a severe flu infection. Read more...
Yes. Normal babies can get their first flu shots at 6 months of age, and a second shot a month afterwards. Read more...
Yes. Absolutely! the flue vaccine will help protect your child from contracting a potentially serious virus. The more people we vaccinate the less likely we are to have an epidemic of flu. Vaccinating protects the most vulnerable people- the elderly and the young ones (less than 6 months who can't have the vaccine) from this disease. Read more...
Absolutely. Unless there is a severe egg allergy, the benefits of the vaccine far, far outweigh the risks of the disease! thousands of children die each year from influenza and most are unimmunized. Why take that risk. Do not let your child be the statistic. Read more...

When is the best time to get a flu shot? Early or mid flu season. By getting it early does the vaccine not wane?

Vaccine. The flu vaccine will result in immunization to that strain of the influenza virus. It is not like an antibiotic that is metabolized in your system once you take it. Read more...
Early vs late. The antibodies generated by seasonal flu vaccine will last for years against the strains in the vaccine.People get confused about protection, because in a given season, the vaccine can only cover 3-4 strains, while there may be a new strain emerg that is not in the vaccine.Waiting until late in the fall only increases your risk you will be unprotected against an early exposure. Read more...