What is the difference between the H1N1 shot and a regular flu shot?
They are currently made exactly the same in the US with all the same ingredients, except the strain of the flu is the A-H1N1/09 strain in the H1N1 shot and the seasonal flu shot has three different types of seasonal flu. The strains of virus that are in the 2009 - 2010 seasonal flu shot in the US are:
- A/Brisbane/59/2007(H1N1)-like virus;
- A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like virus;
- B/Brisbane 60/2008-like antigens.
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The influenza that is currently creating an epidemic and that has been being called the "2009 Swine Flu" is a Type A H1N1 virus, but it is not the only one that is scientifically identified this way. This particular virus has mutated from the H1N1 virus that was a pig virus and not really a human vi…rus. That is why the World Health Organization has named this one "Novel H1N1". Because it contains genetic material from all three: swine flu viruses, avian (bird) flu viruses, and human viruses, therefore the previous H1N1 vaccine would not be effective on this virus that has changed. Viruses have a protein coat on the outside of their structure called a capsid. There are specific shapes on viruses that physically make them able to latch on to receptor cells in the host animal. This is what keeps most animal viruses from crossing to humans because the receptors cells are shaped so differently and what fits in the other animals' receptors won't fit in human cell receptors. These shapes are some of the features that viruses change when they mutate. The novel H1N1 is different and can fit into human receptors. The current H1N1 vaccines available are for the pigs to take and are for the strain of H1N1 that pigs have been getting for years, or they are for the seasonal flu strains that humans get that also share the H1N1 features but are not the same as the A-H1N1/09 "Novel" Swine Flu. The vaccines for the older strains of H1N1 for people and for pigs are not really the best kinds of vaccines (those are still in development), the ones currently available are made from dead viruses and are less effective. FDA hasn't approved live virus vaccines for use for those types of H1N1 flu strains in people yet until more trials, except in very specific situations. Human vaccines for the older swine flu are in development and may be available for workers at hog production facilities only. The vaccine specifically for the 2009 Pandemic Swine Flu (A-H1N1/09) is due to be released in mid October 2009 and will provide the protection for this Novel Influenza after a loading shot followed in three weeks by a second shot, then a few weeks after the second shot, immunity from this new strain is expected. There will also be a nasal spray available for specific age groups, ask your care professional which type will be right for you and if you are in any of the risk groups. ( Full Answer )
Today, because of the pandemic, the terms are both sometimes used interchangeably to mean the 2009 Swine Flu of the Pandemic. But, more appropriately, that virus should be called the "A-H1N1/09 Influenza" (or "Influenza A, Novel H1N1 virus"; "H1N1/09 Pandemic Flu"; or "2009 Swine Flu"). "Swine Fl…u" is also a name that has been used more generally (historically) to talk about an animal flu that was first identified in the 1930's and was known to have originated in hogs. Some people think it may have been present ever since the 1918 pandemic of the "Spanish Flu". It was known that the 1918 flu virus, that was so severe, had been transmitted at the time of that pandemic from humans to pigs at least in one location. Others speculate that maybe it actually all started in pigs even back prior to the 1918 pandemic, but no data to verify the speculation is available now as empirical proof. (See the related questions below about when Swine Flu started, what caused the 2009 Swine Flu, and about other names for Swine Flu). Therefore, to be sure you understand which sub-type someone is talking about (i.e., the human Pandemic Swine Flu vs. the animal swine flu that pigs get), and to be sure that others are understanding you, in the US it is more clear to use (or look for a reference to): the year 2009, '09, "Pandemic", or "Novel" in the name for the new pandemic swine flu. In other countries there are different distinctions between the two types of swine flu, see the related question below for more on the different names in different places. It can be confusing, since "Swine Flu" and "Influenza A H1N1" are both also used to refer to the animal flu virus started in pigs. These names also are used for the flu which some humans have occasionally gotten from pigs. And, since all these terms have been being used for all the strains of "Swine Flu", including the one causing the 2009 pandemic/"Novel" A-H1N1/09. Here are some more clarifying facts: . All the "swine flus", and all H1N1 flu viruses are forms (sub-types) of the Type A Influenza. . There are "H1N1" influenza viruses that are not "swine flu", e.g., some types of the regular/seasonal flu are actually also H1N1. . All the different viruses that are called swine flu viruses are of the H1N1 sub-types. . Swine Flu is a nickname used for: . "Novel" A-H1N1/09 (the 2009 pandemic flu), . the original H1N1 in humans from the 1930's, . the "Swine Flu" in humans from the 70's, 80's, and, . the H1N1 virus that causes flu in pigs (from which the other strains have evolved). . The original Swine Flu in pigs contained only swine/hog genetic material and was only infective from pig to pig. . H1N1 is the name for the original Swine Flu that mutated allowing humans to start getting it from pigs decades before the 2009 pandemic (in the 1930's). It could be passed pig to pig, pig to human (rarely when humans were in very close proximity to pigs as farmers or workers in pig farms), human to pig (also rarely), then human to human even less often. That sub-type contains both swine and human genetic material. . "Novel H1N1" is the name coined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the flu of the 2009 pandemic (see above, and below in related questions, for many other names it is being called). . The Novel H1N1 (now also called "A-H1N1/09" by the World Health Organization-WHO) mutated from the prior strains and contains genetic material from pigs (swine flu), from humans (human flu), and from birds (avian flu). . It is called "Novel" because it is unique and a completely new strain of virus never seen until just before the '09 pandemic. . It was created through mutation in a way that is called a "triple reassortant" process (sometimes also called "triple reassortment"). It means, in this case that, within the pigs, the virus underwent a mutation that combined three different species' genetic material (pigs, birds, humans). Some people also call it quadruple reassortant, because it actually contains genetic material from American and Eurasian swine along with the bird and human material. But even more accurately it would be called a quintuple reassortant with the five different kinds of genetic material: bird, human, American swine, Asian swine and European swine. . "A-H1N1/09" is infective from pig to pig, pig to human, human to pig, and human to human. . It is possible (but not yet proven) that it could also pass to and from birds in some very crowded conditions of pigs and birds together, or continuous or very close contact between humans, pigs, and birds, such as might occur at crowded farm facilities of ducks, geese, or other poultry kept together with hogs and with frequent human worker contact in over-crowded and unsanitary conditions. ( Full Answer )
Yes, it does again in the US in the 2012-2013 flu season as it did in the prior flu season. See the related questions section for more information about the vaccines in 2012-2013 flu season. 2012-2013 For the 2011-2012 flu season in the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announce…d the approval of six vaccines on July 18, 2011. These approved trivalent vaccines for the seasonal flu will all contain vaccine for the H1N1/09 "Swine Flu" and two other viruses suggested by CDC for this season (see more below). These approved vaccines are: 1. Afluria (CSL Limited) 2. Fluarix (Glaxo Smith Kline Biologicals) 3. FluLaval (ID Biomedical Corporation) 4. FluMist (MedImmune Vaccines, Inc.) 5. Fluvirin (Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited) 6. Fluzone, Fluzone High-Dose, Fluzone Intradermal (Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.) The Fluzone Intradermal is a new formulation for administration in the layers of the skin (intradermal injection) instead of the intramuscular (IM) injection. Fluzone Intradermal administration uses a microinjection system with a very fine needle. Approved for those aged 18 through 64. The CDC-approved trivalent vaccines for the 2011-2012 flu season will protect against the following three virus strains: 1. A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus (Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus) 2. A/Perth/16/2009/ (H3N2)-like virus 3. B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus Nomenclature The naming convention for virus strains such as the one used to produce the pandemic A-H1N1/09 vaccine [ A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)v-like virus ] is explained below: A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus A = Type A influenza. There are three types of influenza: A, B, and C. CALIFORNIA = The location the strain was first identified. 7 = The strain identification number. 2009 = The year the strain was identified. H1N1 = The antigenic characterization of the H and N proteins. [Antigenic characterization is a method used to describe influenza proteins neuraminidase (N) and hemagglutinnin (H) and how they have changed.] Historical information about the H1N1/09 vaccines: 2010-2011 Flu Season In the US for the 2010-2011 flu season, the vaccine for H1N1/09 is included in the "standard" seasonal flu vaccination. The seasonal flu vaccine is made each year with three types of flu virus vaccines in it. This year one of the three vaccines in the seasonal flu vaccination is the H1N1/09 vaccine. So only one flu vaccination is required to be protected from Swine Flu and from the other two flu viruses that have been determined to be the most likely to be circulating in the Northern Hemisphere during this flu season. If you got the swine flu vaccination last year, it will not hurt you to get the vaccine for swine flu again. If you had the swine flu, then it also won't hurt to get the vaccine now. In fact, unless you had specific lab testing to confirm the exact strain of flu virus that made you ill, you will be sure you have full immunization to A-H1N1/09 by getting the seasonal flu shot, just in case you had a different kind of flu than you thought. The best way to prevent the flu is immunization. 2009-2010 Flu Season The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved four types of A-H1N1-09 ( Swine Flu) vaccines for use in the US in 2009 - 2010. Three of these were injectible vaccines and one was a nasal spray for certain age groups to use. The distribution for use was begun with the first batch on 10/6/09. The vaccine that was new in 2009 was made specific to the A-H1N1/09 virus only, that is why in 2009-2010 flu season there was a need for two vaccinations for the flu. It was initially provided first to those at highest risk until enough vaccine was produced to keep up with the demand. It was being made available free of charge in the US to any one who wanted to use it (although some private providers, such as doctors or pharmacies, may have charged a fee for administering it). There were public immunization programs set up at clinics, schools, hospitals, and other locations under the direction of the public health authorities in each state, who were also in charge of the distribution of the vaccine supply. Anti-viral Treatment of H1N1: If caught early, the Swine flu may respond to treatment with two of the anti-viral medications that have been designed for animal strains of flu, oseltamivir and zanamivir. These medicines do not work to prevent or to cure or "kill" the viruses, they work to shorten the duration of the infection and to ease the severity of the symptoms once you already have it. Antibiotics are for killing bacteria, they do not work on infections by viruses which is why they are not prescribed for directly treating the flu or other viral infections. Prevention : See the related question in the section below for additional information about protecting yourself from contracting viruses. The most important step is basic hand washing and hygiene as described in the related question. There also have been studies showing that taking certain vitamins, such as Vitamin C, can help build a stronger immune system for fighting viruses and other microbes. Prevention is the best medicine! Get a vaccination! Additional information: More information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is accessible via the related link in the section below. ( Full Answer )
The shot has been tested just as all flu vaccines are and it perfectly safe.
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. The 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.) ( Full Answer )
No. In some cases you are much less likely to. Scenario #1: You get a flu shot for the seasonal flu. If you are exposed to the A-H1N1/09 Swine Flu at any time before or after the seasonal flu shot, you will be no more or less likely to get A-H1N1/09 than if you hadn't had the shot. You will, howe…ver, be much less likely to get the seasonal flu after taking the flu shot, and when full immunity is reached in approximately two weeks after the shot, getting the seasonal flu will be unlikely (but not impossible). Scenario #2: You get a shot for the seasonal flu. Each year the seasonal flu vaccine is different because it is made to match the three main types of flu that are expected to be going around in that upcoming flu season. There are more H1N1 influenza viruses than the one that causes the 2009 Pandemic Swine Flu. This year's seasonal flu shot (2009) includes a vaccine for one of the other strains of H1N1. The exact strains in the '09 seasonal flu vaccine are: . A/Brisbane/59/2007(H1N1)-like virus; . A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like virus; . B/Brisbane 60/2008-like antigens. You will be unlikely to get any of the three virus types listed above. You are still likely to get the A-H1N1/09 Pandemic Swine Flu if you are exposed, but no more likely than if you hadn't had the flu shot. You will be no more or less likely to get any of the other strains of H1N1 than before the shot either. Scenario #3: You get a shot for the new A-H1N1/09 Pandemic Swine Flu. You will be unlikely to get that exact strain of flu. You will be no more likely to get any of the other H1N1 viruses than you would if you had not had that shot. If you also get the seasonal flu shot you will be less likely to get the Brisbane/59/07/H1N1 virus. And, you just may be less likely to get some of the other kinds of H1N1, too, since the two shots will give you immunity to two different H1N1 viruses which may help you fight off any others that come along (although they may not help). Bottom line: None of the flu shots will make you more likely to get any kind of flu. Scenario #4: If you get the nasal spray vaccine for the seasonal flu or for A-H1N1/09 swine flu, there is a chance that you could get flu symptoms of one of the seasonal viruses in the vaccine for regular flu or that you could get H1N1/09 from the swine flu nasal spray vaccine, but only if you have a weak immune system from a disease like HIV/AIDS or other severe disorder of the immune system. It would be a very low chance, but possible, since the vaccine is made from weakened virus particles instead of dead virus particles like are in the shots. These weakened viruses in the vaccine will not make a healthy person get the flu. People with compromised immune systems should avoid contact with others who have used the nasal vaccines as well. Pregnant women are advised against taking the H1N1/09 nasal spray vaccines until additional human trials in pregnant women are conducted. They can be around someone else who had the nasal spray vaccine, though, and can also administer it to others as well. You can not use the seasonal flu nasal spray or the H1N1/09 swine flu nasal spray at the same time. ( Full Answer )
In an adult, as long as it isn't in the same arm on the same day, and there is no allergic reaction, it will likely cause no problems. The worst might be more than usual soreness, redness and swelling at the injection site.
There should be little to no risk, although there is no reason to do this in an adult. Children under certain ages (around 10) may need to have more than one vaccination with the flu vaccines because their immune systems are immature and need to injections separated by three or four weeks to get th…e appropriate immune response to protect with full immunity. ( Full Answer )
Yes. You can also get a nasal version where you have to sniff it. Personally, the shot didn't hurt.
Yes. In fact, now the seasonal flu shots are combined with the H1N1 Virus flu shot, so you don't have to get two.
Yes, definitely. It is recommended for pregnant women. In the US: The following excerpts from a September 3, 2009 guidance document from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are about 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine and Pregnant Women: . Influenza vaccines have not been shown to …cause harm to a pregnant woman or her baby. The seasonal flu shot (injection) is proven as safe and already recommended for pregnant women. The 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine will be made using the same processes and facilities that are used to make seasonal influenza vaccines. It is important for a pregnant woman to receive the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine as well as a seasonal influenza vaccine. A pregnant woman who gets any type of flu is at risk for serious complications and hospitalization. Pregnant women who are otherwise healthy have been severely impacted by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus (formerly called "novel H1N1 flu" or "swine flu"). In comparison to the general population, a greater proportion of pregnant women infected with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus have been hospitalized. In addition, severe illness and death has occurred in pregnant women. Six percent of confirmed fatal 2009 H1N1 flu cases thus far have been in pregnant women while only about 1% of the general population is pregnant. While hand washing, staying away from ill people, and other steps can help to protect pregnant women from influenza, vaccination is the single best way to protect against the flu. There are two types of flu vaccine. Pregnant women should get the "flu shot"- an inactivated vaccine (containing fragments of killed influenza virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in pregnant women. The other type of flu vaccine - nasal-spray flu vaccine (sometimes called LAIV for "live attenuated influenza vaccine)-is not currently approved for use in pregnant women. This vaccine is made with live, weakened flu viruses that do not cause the flu). LAIV (FluMistÂ®) is approved for use in healthy* people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant. In addition to protecting her from infection, infants less than 6 months old will not be able to be vaccinated so it is recommended that everyone who lives with or provides care for infants less than 6 months of age receive both the seasonal influenza vaccine and 2009 H1N1 influenza monovalent vaccine to provide protection for the infant. One recent study conducted in Bangladesh, assessed the effectiveness of influenza immunization for mothers and their young infants. Inactivated influenza vaccine reduced proven influenza illness by 63% in infants up to 6 months of age. This study confirmed that maternal influenza immunization is a strategy with substantial benefits for both mothers and infants. There is no evidence that thimerosal (used as a preservative in vaccine packaged in multi-dose vials) is harmful to a pregnant woman or a fetus. However, because some women are concerned about exposure to preservatives during pregnancy, manufacturers will produce preservative-free seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines in single dose syringes for pregnant women and small children. CDC recommends that pregnant women may receive influenza vaccine with or without thimerosal. People for whom the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine is recommended should receive it, even if they have had an influenza-like illness previously, unless they can be certain they had 2009 H1N1 influenza based on a laboratory test that can specifically detect 2009 H1N1 viruses. CDC recommends that persons who were tested for 2009 H1N1 influenza discuss this issue with a healthcare provider to see if the test they had was either an RT-PCR or a viral culture that showed 2009 H1N1 influenza. There is no harm in being vaccinated if you had 2009 H1N1 influenza in the past.. Pregnant women are encouraged to get vaccinated against the seasonal strains of influenza in addition to the A-H1N1/09 vaccine. The two kinds of vaccine (seasonal flu and "Swine Flu") must both be taken for complete protection from both kinds of flu in the 2009-2010 flu season. Always check with your obstetrician before taking any medications in pregnancy. Your doctor may also be planning on administering the vaccines to patients. Note about H1N1 vaccines approved for use in the UK: These vaccines are slightly different from the vaccines approved for use in the US for A-H1N1/09, but are still recommended by the NHS for pregnant women. The difference is mostly that they contain adjuvants in the UK. See the related question below about swine flu shot ingredients. ( Full Answer )
Yes, in the US it does now. The 2010-2011 flu season's flu shot was made to contain the vaccine for H1N1/09 "Pandemic Swine Flu" in addition to the vaccines for two other types of flu that were expected to be creating illness during that flu season. It will not hurt to take the vaccine again if you …had it during the 2009-2010 flu season or if you actually had that type of flu. Many people were not tested to be sure the flu they had was indeed this new type. In that case, even though they thought they were protected by gaining immunity to the virus from having the disease, they may not have actually had the new flu. The decision to add the new vaccine to the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccination was to help cover those who may not have gained the immunity they thought they had and to give more people the vaccine without having to have two different vaccinations. ( Full Answer )
no.... the shot doesn't. but after, it is really sore. it really depends on how tough you are at being sore. like almost every other shot or vaccination you do not feel it go in unless you have a nurse who jabs it into you . your arm will be sore for a few days and you may feel sick but that us nor…mal. better than getting the actual h1n1! ( Full Answer )
No, but getting one will cut your odds of getting the flu down to almost 0%. Some people go through the flu season without getting a flu shot and don't get the flu (but they are an exception and very lucky and healthy people). Anyone who does not want to be sick with the flu or give it to people …close to them who would not tolerate being that ill, such as infants under 6 months old, senior citizens, those with certain diseases that have compromised their immune systems, etc. should really consider getting the vaccinations every year. Also, in the US, some health care workers in some states where it is required by law, or some employees whose employer has made that a condition of employment (if they want to keep the job) must get the vaccination. Otherwise it is entirely optional, although highly recommended. The types of flu shots that are used today are proven safe and effective after decades of use. Unless you have an allergy to them (or eggs, which are used to grow the flu to create the vaccine), or have a weak immune system from a disease such as HIV, leukemia, transplant patients, or those with other diseases that affect their immune system, there really is no reason not to get one. It is a good citizen thing to do for public health, too. ( Full Answer )
For the 2012 -2013 Flu Season in the Northern Hemisphere, the H1N1 vaccine is included in the "regular" seasonal flu shot that is trivalent (contains vaccine for three different types of flu). The contents are for the most part the same as listed in the answer below. Also see the related links and r…elated questions sections below for some additional in formation. . Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is formulated to contain 15 mcg HA per 0.5 mL dose of influenza A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)v-like virus. The single-dose formulation is preservative-free; thimerosal, a mercury derivative, is not used in the manufacturing process for this formulation. The multi-dose formulation contains thimerosal, added as a preservative; each 0.5 mL dose contains 24.5 mcg of mercury. A single 0.5 mL dose of Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine contains sodium chloride (4.1 mg), monobasic sodium phosphate (80 mcg), dibasic sodium phosphate (300 mcg), monobasic potassium phosphate (20 mcg), potassium chloride (20 mcg), and calcium chloride (1.5 mcg). From the manufacturing process, each dose may also contain residual amounts of sodium taurodeoxycholate (â¤ 10 ppm), ovalbumin (â¤ 1 mcg), neomycin sulfate (â¤ 0.2 picograms [pg]), polymyxin B (â¤ 0.03 pg), and beta-propiolactone (< 25 nanograms). The rubber tip cap and plunger used for the preservative-free, single-dose syringes and the rubber stoppers used for the multi-dose vial contain no latex. ( Full Answer )
You can take the H1N1/09 swine flu shot and a nasal mist for the seasonal flu at the same time. There would be no reason to take the swine flu shot at the same time as the swine flu nasal mist since both do the same thing, so that should not be done. You can take a swine flu nasal mist at …the same time as a seasonal flu shot. You can NOT take a nasal flu mist for swine flu at the same time as you take a nasal flu mist for seasonal flu. They can render each other ineffective. You can take a nasal flu mist for swine flu with any other nasal flu mist vaccine EXCEPT the one for seasonal flu. The 2009 H1N1 flu shot (inactivated 2009 H1N1 vaccine) can be given at the same visit as any other vaccine, including pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. Update 2010: There is no reason to get the H1N1 vaccine or flu mist up your nose this year as there is no pandemic or outbreaks. The US govt has included the H1N1 in every flu shot on top of the regular vaccines for flu which is not necessary and could harm you health permanently with the addition of squalene. Pregnant mothers have lost their babies in thousands of miscarriages, and people have died after the flu shot was given last year. The flu mist will give you live viruses in your nose and when you go home you will be breathing out the viruses to spread to the rest of your family. Take vitamin C instead, and chicken soup -you will live longer. ( Full Answer )
The H1NI vaccine SHOULD keep you safe. Still though, it is possible to contract it even if you have been vaccinated. The good new is that IF you do get it after you have been vaccinated, the symptoms will be very, very mild.
There are many locations in the Vancouver area. For the location closest to you, use the map for site locations linked in the related links section below.
Yes. There has never been a vaccine made for a strain that was close enough to the current H1N1/09 pandemic flu to have allowed our immune systems to make antibodies that would be a good fit to the new flu. So, no prior vaccinations will have provided any protection for the pandemic swine flu. Wh…en you can get an H1N1/09 flu vaccination, you should go ahead and get one to be protected. ( Full Answer )
A lot of places. You can get them at clinics and pharmacys. And sometimes schools.
Most people can, because most people don't get a fever from a cold. If you have a fever, you should not get a flu shot, but if you only have a mild cold without fever, it is okay to go ahead and get the vaccination, if you are an otherwise healthy person.
You can get the shot at places even like CVS, but other places include clinics and the doctor's. . Hope this helps!
You can go to a private clinic or check with your local county health department. Usually, h1n1 flu vaccine is free of charge from county health department.
Anyone who does not want to be sick with the flu or give it to people close to them who would not tolerate being that ill, such as infants, senior citizens, those with certain diseases that have compromised their immune systems, etc. Also, in the US, some health care workers in some states where …it is required by law, or some employees whose employer has made that a condition of employment (if they want to keep the job). Otherwise it is entirely optional, although highly recommended. The types of flu shots that are used today are proven safe and effective after decades of use. Unless you have an allergy to them or eggs, or have a weak immune system there really is no reason not to get one. It is a good thing to do for public health, too. ( Full Answer )
Take some medicine such as Ibuprofen so the pain isn't too bad later on. It is also recommended that you move arm you got the flu shot in around.
A LOT of places give flu shots. Pharmacies, Instant Care Units in stores like grocery stores, doctor's offices, etc. However, some places may not have a nurse available so you have to be over 18 years of age to get a flu shot there.
According to the CDC, it will not be a problem. In fact you could take the two shots at the same time. It is the A-H1N1/09 nasal spray that can't be taken at the same time as the seasonal nasal spray.
No, the shot contains a dead organism from the h1n1 flu. When you get the shot your body creates antibodies to fight the flu. Then your body fights the flu before it can infect your body. If you've already have the flu, you already have antibodies to fight the flu
Actually you can take them at the same time. You can not mix the vaccines in the same shot, but you can take them in separate shots at the same time. You can also take one by nasal spray and the other by injection at the same time. The only combination that doesn't work is to take both the season…al vaccine and the H1N1/09 vaccine by nasal spray at the same time. The nasal spray vaccines need to be separated by several weeks between vaccinations of the two types of nasal flu vaccines. ( Full Answer )
Depending on why you have a fever, and how high it is, probably not. It is a question the clinician giving the shot will ask. You can call ahead to your doctor or a pharmacist and ask advice before going to get the vaccination. If you have a fever 101F or over, or have had in the past 2 or 3 days…, they will ask you to return after your fever. Temperatures less than that may not prevent you from having the vaccination, again depending on the reason and extent of the fever. Fevers are an indication that your immune system is working on reacting to a microbe or other foreign organism in your body to eliminate it. While it is busy doing that for one type of organism, having to do it for a second type (the one the vaccine is made from in the flu shot) may be more than it can handle, so that is why they ask you to wait until after a higher fever is gone so you get the proper immune response to both organisms. ( Full Answer )
The main difference is the method of administration. There are some indications for certain groups to use one over the other. The intranasal mist is approved in the US only for use in healthy individuals age 2 - 49. It is made from live attenuated influenza virus (LAIV), which means they have se…riously weakened the virus strain with chemicals (or other processes) so that it can not cause you to actually get the flu. The live virus vaccines can be given by mist since the stronger, but still weakened, virus is able to produce the proper immune response without needing the more invasive injections that are required for inert vaccines to cause the immunity. The intramuscular (IM) injection ("shot"/"jab") is an inert ("dead") virus vaccine given in injections. Because the virus in the vaccine is inert, it won't give the same immune response unless injected. These IM vaccinations are approved for use in anyone over 6 months old. New Intradermal Fluzone, a third option for administration of flu vaccine: There is also a new form of inactivated ("dead") flu vaccine that is given with a microinjection system between the layers of the skin using an ultra thin needle. It is approved for those aged 18 - 64 and will be available in the US in the 2011-2012 flu season as well as in 40 other countries including Australia, Canada and some of the European nations. ( Full Answer )
I don't know how you would feel but when I got the vaccine, it was basically painless. And I'm not lying! But when you press on the place where you got the shot, it sort of stings.
the shot is a dead and deactivated virus. it can NOT make you sick with the disease. the mist is alive but weakened. it is not recommended for asthmatics because it could give them the disease.
There are very many rumors, myths, and a lot of misinformation being passed around about the vaccines for the H1N1/09 flu, and people who listen to this non-scientific and incorrect information become afraid and don't want to get the shot. The risks of having the flu and getting very ill or even dy…ing are low but they are still greater than any risks that might be associated with the vaccination. The vaccination is being made the exact same way and with the exact ingredients as the seasonal flu shots that have a very good safety record over a period of decades now. The only thing different are the pieces of the dead or weak viruses that are used to make it work for swine flu, instead of the same kinds of dead or weak viruses that can't make you sick that are put in the seasonal flu shots to protect from them. People who listen to the misinformation and don't get the shots are putting themselves and others unnecessarily at risk. ( Full Answer )
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) viruses that can not give you the flu.
Yes. There is no longer a waiting period between when you get any influenza shot, including H1N1, and when you can give blood.
u feel alittle sore on ur arm, and alittle tired. U will feel sleepy. just sore for a couple of days.
If the flu is out there and you have not had the shot there is an increased chance you will get the flu. Kids have a smaller ability to resist the flu than adults
You just need one in your lifetime, but if the influenza mutates and adapts to your defenses, you will need a new vaccine against the new modified virus.
You could get a strain of the H1N1 flu virus that was not the same kind of virus that was in the flu shot. There are several different strains of H1N1 influenza. The pandemic swine flu A-H1N1/09 has not mutated enough yet to keep you from still being immune to that strain, but if you are exposed ano…ther strain, you may or may not be protected ~ depending on how close the one in the shot was to the one going around now. ( Full Answer )
you don't have to get the H1N1 flu shot if you don't want to. It is completely your choice. But it is recommended because the H1N1 flu is probably not very fun because you are home for a long time and you feel miserable.
the h1n1 shot is important becaues it will prevent you for getting it or cure it
For protection against catching and being sick with the flu. See the related question below about how vaccinations work.
There have been several versions of H1N1 influenza over the years. But the most recent H1N1 flu was the pandemic "Swine Flu" A-H1N1/09. The monovalent (made with and for protection against a single virus) vaccine for it was made just before the flu season in fall/winter 2009-2010. Again, in the 2010…-2011 flu season the same vaccine was included in the trivalent (made with three viruses) vaccine for the seasonal flu. If you had the monovalent vaccine in 2009, then you should still take the trivalent vaccine for the 2010 flu season. It will not hurt to get another dose of the H1N1/09 virus vaccine, it might enhance the immunity of some people, and you need to be vaccinated for the other two viruses that are most likely to be going around in this season. ( Full Answer )
Yes, it did also protect against the pandemic swine flu H1N1/09. So does the 2011-2012 vaccine. In the US, the first pandemic swine flu vaccine was available for the 2009-2010 flu season and was given in a separate vaccination than the "regular" flu vaccine for the seasonal flu. Then in 2010, the… "regular" seasonal flu shot for the 2010-2011 flu season did contain vaccine for the H1N1/09 pandemic swine flu. The vaccination included that and two other virus vaccines. If you had a previous flu shot for swine flu, it won't hurt you to take a second dose this year and might help some people who may not have initially gotten a full immune response due to certain disorders. ( Full Answer )
It is best for everyone who can to get vaccinated whether they get the shot or the nasal mist. There are specific indications for who can not take the nasal mist attenuated live vaccine. Those most at risk for complications or death from the influenza virus should also be vaccinated if they are not …among those who should not use a vaccine. If everyone could get the vaccination, we would all be better protected. See the related questions below for who should not get this vaccine and who is at highest risk for the H1N1/09 flu and for information on whether a mist or a shot is better. ( Full Answer )
If you are asking in general who should be vaccinated against the H1N1/09 flu, the answer is: Everyone who can and has not yet been. That means everyone except those already vaccinated, those with allergies to the ingredients in the vaccines and except anyone who has had an untoward reaction to the …vaccine in the past. [Note: Infants under 6 months old can not be vaccinated. They are too young for any type of vaccinations since their immune systems are not developed enough at that age.] If you are asking who should get vaccine administration by the injected route (shot/jab) as opposed to the nasal spray vaccine route, then: only healthy people who are aged 2 -49 are candidates for getting the nasal vaccine which is made with a live, but weakened, form of the virus. The shot is made with a dead/inactive form of the virus. If you are unsure which type you should have, ask your health care professional or the clinician who is administering the vaccine which would be best for you. See the related question below for more details of which type of vaccine administration is better for you. ( Full Answer )
Contact your pharmacist and he should be able to tell you specific locations. In the US for the 2011-2012 flu season, the trivalent seasonal flu vaccine contains the vaccine for the H1N1/09 virus along with the two other types of flu vaccines that are selected for this flu season. Most Northern Hemi…sphere locations are using that same combination in the annual flu vaccines, but that is also a question your pharmacist will be able to answer. If it is included in the "regular" flu shot/vaccine in Winnipeg, there will be no need to get a separate H1N1 shot this year. If you already had a prior H1N1 vaccination, it will not hurt and may help to have a second vaccination with the same vaccine. ( Full Answer )
It depends on the medication but in most cases it is okay. The medications that are taken by those with autoimmune diseases and transplant patients to suppress the immune system may cause an incomplete immune response, if you take these medications contact the prescribing physician before the flu va…ccination to find out if you should use a flu vaccine and, if so, which type of vaccine would be best for you. In the meantime, use all other precautions of hand washing, etc. to avoid catching the virus. The literature with the flu vaccines indicate that there are no adverse interactions with most other drugs. If you do not contact your physician for advice in advance, be sure to tell the clinician who will be giving the vaccination about any medications you take before the immunization. ( Full Answer )
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