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No, not if it is the same exact vaccine, there are no benefits to receiving the same shot twice when you are an adult (children need to get flu vaccines in a series of two vaccinations if they are under 10).
Talk to your employer, in situations like this, some employers will give the free flu shot to a spouse or other family member if you ask, or if they can't give it to your household member free, sometimes they will offer it for a discount. This is especially true if they anticipate having left over vaccine after all employees who want the shot have taken theirs.
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Yes and that is important since you can not be certain that the type of flu you have is the same as the one the vaccine is for. As long as you are free of high fevers it would… be okay to get the vaccination. However, if you have the flu, then you should not be going out in public unless absolutely required to see the doctor. Wait until you are no longer able to infect others, then get your vaccination.
The flu shots are to prevent the flu, not to treat the flu. It will not be necessary to get a flu shot after you have had the flu, if you know what type of flu you had for s…ure (by lab testing). If you are not sure that it was the seasonal flu or another type of flu (like swine flu), then taking a vaccination will be a good idea to be sure you are protected for the other strains of flu. It will not hurt to take a flu shot for the same type of flu you had, and if the vaccine is for a different type, then you will have that added protection. You should usually wait until after the symptoms of active fever are gone before getting a flu shot, though. Flu shots work by exposing you to a small amount of weakened or dead viruses that cause a specific flu, or sometimes the vaccine will cover several (the seasonal flu vaccine usually contains three strains), so that your body can build immunity to them before being exposed to the full strength viruses in the environment. For the 2009 - 2010 flu season in the US, you are encouraged to get two vaccinations for the flu. One for the seasonal flu (it protects against three flu strains) and one for the A-H1N1/09 swine flu. If you have not had lab confirmation of the type of flu you already have had, then the CDC still recommends you get both vaccines.
Without a test there is no way to know for sure. It can take a couple of weeks for full immunity to develop after a flu shot, so it could be that it is seasonal flu, too. Th…e symptoms are the same and the treatment is the same. Just stay home and try not to pass it along. Contact your doctor if you have high fever, dizziness, confusion, rash, or trouble breathing (see related questions below for more information.)
This depends on the length of the needle you are using, the location chosen for the shot, and the size of the person being injected. Flu vaccine is given as an IM (intramusc…ular) injection. For most people, a regular 25 or 22 gauge needle that is one inch or one and one half inches long is the proper size. If you are giving the shot in the upper arm in the deltoid muscle or in the upper outer quadrant of the buttocks in the gluteus maximus muscle in adults (or the lateral thigh in children), who are normal sized with typical muscle mass, the angle of injection should usually be straight in (or 90 degree angle to the skin). However, if you are giving the injection to someone with very little muscle mass, such as a frail elderly person, a small child, or extremely thin person, you may need to choose a shorter needle, perhaps even one half inch long, and continue at a 90 degree angle. Experienced medical professionals may sometimes use the same (one inch or one and a half inch) size needle, and alter the angle of injection just slightly so that they do not inject too deeply. Usually, a 60 degree angle will compensate for the more shallow muscle tissue, but that is a judgment call that requires knowledge of anatomy and experience, so it is best left to a professional to give injections to the ultra thin and small.
In the US in the 2010-2011 flu season: The seasonal flu shot will include the vaccine for H1N1/09, so you won't need a separate shot for the swine flu this year, and you will …get all the protection in one vaccination. In the 2009-2010 flu season: It doesn't matter which shot you get first, as far as being protected from both the seasonal flu and the swine flu is concerned, as long as you do get both types of vaccinations. The two vaccines can not be mixed in one shot. You can take both shots on the same day. As of the end of October, 2009 in the US, there is plenty of seasonal flu vaccine available, while the swine flu vaccine is still being reserved for those at highest risk until the production of the vaccine catches up with the demand. You should not wait to get the seasonal flu vaccine until the swine flu vaccine is available to your risk group in your location for best protection against the seasonal flu. Go ahead and get the seasonal flu shot as soon as you can, and then get the H1N1 (swine flu) shot as soon as it is available to you, too. The nasal mist vaccinations for the two types of flu can not be given at the same time. Live 2009 H1N1 vaccine (the type used in the nasal sprays) can be administered at the same visit as any other live or inactivated vaccine EXCEPT seasonal live attenuated influenza vaccine.
No. The "stomach flu" is not actually a type of influenza, it is a misnomer. There is currently no vaccine for the virus that does cause this gastroenteritis (usually a norovi…rus) called "stomach flu". It is actually viral gastroenteritis, also sometimes called "Norwalk Flu." Therefore, the seasonal flu vaccination protects against an entirely different type of virus. In addition, it can not give you the stomach flu (or any type of flu) since it is made from inactivated or weakened virus particles that are not able to make you sick. Sometimes the influenza viruses themselves can cause vomiting and other GI symptoms along with the respiratory disease and therefore, it may not be the "stomach flu" causing those symptoms if you have other symptoms of the respiratory disease of the flu.
The injection is usually given intramuscularly (in the muscle) of the upper arm in adults and in the thigh in small children and infants over 6 months (no vaccinations can be …given to infants less than 6 months old since their immune systems are not yet mature enough until then). If you mean where is a location that provides the shots, then in the US you can get them at many pharmacies, some wellness clinics, and some doctors' offices. They usually provide them at the location for patients who are in hospitals and nursing homes when it is time for the seasonal vaccines. Charges are the same everywhere for the vaccine, but some providers may charge a small extra fee for the administrative costs of the clinician and supplies to use for the injections.
I don't think it is free.
No, the whole point of a vaccine is to protect us from the virus; boosting our immunity. The flu vaccine is made with either "dead" (inactivated) or "weak" (attenuated) viru…ses that can not give you the flu.
The A-H1N1/09 "Swine Flu" shots and nasal spray are being provided by the US government without charge. If the vaccination is being given by a private provider (your doctor, a…t a clinic, a pharmacy, etc.), they may charge a fee for administration of the vaccination, but they will not charge for the vaccine medication itself. Seasonal flu vaccinations are not provided by the US government for free and the recipient, if not covered by insurance, would be responsible for the costs of the vaccine and any associated administration fees.
It is typical to gently aspirate before injecting solutions into muscle to be sure the needle is not in a vein. Since flu vaccines are given IM (intra-muscularly) then it is u…sual for this to be done so the vaccine does not get put into a vein by mistake.
In general, no - most veterinarians will not vaccinate a horse with a fever because the immune system typically doesn't react as well to the vaccine. It is usually better …to wait until a few days after the fever breaks and the infection is resolved before giving vaccines.
The nasal forms of the flu vaccines are used as an aerosol mist that you sniff, there is no shot or needle involved. They squirt it up your nose, and then the stuff goes down… your throat. It's great if you hate shots, but you taste it all day down the back of your throat.
You really should have formal training in this before attempting it. One reason is that in giving an injection in the buttocks, you must be very aware of the anatomy and locat…ion of various blood vessels and nerve bundles to avoid injury to the patient. Generally, intramuscular injections in the Gluteus Maximus muscle are given in the upper outer quadrant of the buttocks and are given to avoid the large bundles of nerves in the sciatic bundle in that location. Without proper training and landmarks for locating the proper location for the injection, you could do damage to nerves. Get training before doing this, and if you are not a licensed professional, you could be risking breaking the law by practicing without a license.
You shouldn't. You already had that strain of the flu. You cannot get that strain anymore, so a flu shot would be pointless. Unless, of course, it's a shot for a different str…ain of flu.
Many clinics, doctors, and even pharmacies will offer free flu shots. Checking with one's local pharmacy may be the fastest way to obtain a free flu shots. Often times, chil…dren, pregnant women, and the elderly may be given priority for these, as well as the economically disadvantaged.