What is the time span from receiving the seasonal flu shot to the H1N1 shot vaccine?
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 seasonal 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.
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For best results for everyone, get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your location each year. Flu vaccinations are usually recommended for adults about 2-3 weeks prior to the expected appearance of the next flu season. For children under 10 and infants, there is a series of two vaccin…ations required a month apart. So, the time needed for immunization is expanded for the young ones. Keep in mind that immunity is not immediate from the time of vaccination; it will take an adult 2-3 weeks to develop antibodies against the virus after the vaccine is taken, children will achieve full immunity approximately one month after the second vaccination. The flu season in the northern hemisphere is from October through March, although, some extend that to say it lasts through May. This usually provides a window for the vaccination from September through March in the US and other northern hemisphere locations. It is the opposite time of year that flu season occurs in the southern hemisphere (April through September) . Usually flu vaccine is available beginning in September in the US. If you don't get the vaccine in advance of the flu season, you can take it during the season at any time. It is usually available up until around March in the US. Taking it after March won't hurt and could help, but the flu season could be over before you achieve full immunity (which still wouldn't hurt since the same viruses may return in future years and the immunity would last a lifetime). ( Full Answer )
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 )
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 )
For goodness sake, no. This is the last kind of thing that should be going around as a rumor, especially at the time when people who are at greatest risk should be getting a vaccination shot. The vaccines for flu shots is made from "dead" or weakened virus particles that can not make you sick with …the flu. The track record with seasonal flu shots is very good with low numbers of adverse incidents or side effects. Unless you are allergic, it is expected that there will also be little problems with the swine flu vaccinations, since the vaccines will be made like the regular flu vaccine is made which has a very high safety history after decades of use. In the US, there is also a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nasal spray mist vaccine. See more information in the related question section below. In 1976, people had many problems with the swine flu vaccinations, but those were made an entirely different way back then, and there is also some speculation that the medium used for the injection solution was contaminated and that is what caused the problems, not the vaccine itself. In any case, the vaccine for the 2009 pandemic flu will not be the same as that was. The risk of the influenza is much higher than the risk of any problem from the vaccination. There have been a few rare cases of deaths that may be linked to the flu shot, usually these are due to an allergic reaction and each year with the seasonal flu, unfortunately a few of these fatal reactions do occur. ( Full Answer )
Local retailers are offering flu shots right now that they claim include the H1N1 strain while the CDC states that an H1N1 vaccine will not be available until mid October - what gives?
The seasonal flu shots for the 2009-2010 flu season in the Northern Hemisphere do not contain the vaccine for Pandemic A-H1N1/09 Swine Flu. To be fully protected from influenza this season, you will need to take the regular seasonal flu shot and then also another shot of the Pandemic A-H1N1/09 Swin…e Flu vaccine. Children will need two shots of the swine flu vaccine a month apart if they are under ten. As of today, September 16, 2009, the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is just finishing approvals for use of the new A-H1N1/09 Pandemic flu vaccine. It is not yet on the market, so if you are being told it is in the flu shot already out, then they are mistaken. There are different strains of the H1N1 virus and one of them is a typical and frequently seen seasonal flu strain. The 2009 - 2010 seasonal flu vaccine does contain a strain of H1N1 flu that is not the same as the A-H1N1/09 Pandemic swine flu. So it is likely that which has caused the confusion in this case. The seasonal flu vaccine for the 2009-2010 flu season contains the following strains of virus : . A/Brisbane/59/2007(H1N1)-like virus; . A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like virus; . B/Brisbane 60/2008-like antigens. ( Full Answer )
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 )
They can be given at the same time, just not in the exact same location and the vaccines can not be mixed into one shot, they have to be given in two injections.
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 )
If you have just received the seasonal flu shot and then exposed to Swine Flu are you more compromised to contract the virus?
I don't know what your trying to say but i heard in the news that if you receive the seasonal flu shot,your more likely to get the swine flu.
Received seasonal flu shot and a pneumonia shot on 9/23/09 then had "sudden hearing loss" in the left ear on 10/7/09. Vertigo, feeling swollen loss of balance, tinnitus total hearing loss in the ear. . Full hearing loss with only tactile or "vibrations" felt through the bone on low frequencies end …of the through the bone test. No "sounds" picked up in the tone part of the test at all meaning left ear is non-responsive or ... dead ... as it was put to me. . Was put on steroid pills pack on day 2. Started steroid injection into ear directly on day 10 (today). Now we wait. Told ENT about the flu shot since I got it through work and not doctor's office so isn't in my records. He was totally unconcerned and uninterested in the shot. ( 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 )
No studies have been done to determine this, but there is also no specific evidence that it does.
Yes you could, there would be no medical reason not to, as in the 2009 - 2010 flu season when both were administered, often at the same time. However, in the 2012 - 2013 flu season in the US, the swine flu vaccine is included in the seasonal flu vaccinations that are trivalent and one is quadrava…lent. Trivalent means that there are vaccines for three different flu viruses in the one vaccination. There is a new vaccine in 2012 that is quadravalent, meaning four different vaccines are included. Swine flu (H1N1/09) is in the the seasonal flu vaccinations again this year. If you had the swine flu vaccine before, it will not hurt to have it again when you get the seasonal flu vaccination this year, so to be fully protected against swine flu in the 2010-2011 and subsequent flu seasons up to and including 2012-2013, only the seasonal flu vaccination is needed. ( Full Answer )
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 a…re: . A/Brisbane/59/2007(H1N1)-like virus; . A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like virus; . B/Brisbane 60/2008-like antigens. . The 2009-10 seasonal influenza vaccine can protect you from getting sick from these three viruses, or it can make your illness milder if you get a related but different influenza virus strain. The H1N1/09 Swine Flu shot protects you from the Pandemic Swine Flu. ( 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.
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.
Last flu season, 2009-2010, you needed two shots. But this year the seasonal flu shot also protects against swine flu, so, in the US, you only need one flu shot for the 2010-2011 flu season.
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.
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.
If the swine flu virus doesn't mutate too much, then the vaccination for the original type of swine flu that you had should still protect you from it. But if it has mutated then you might need a different vaccine for that slightly different virus. However, so far there is no indication of a wide dif…ference between the swine flu virus still in outbreaks in some parts of the world and the one the vaccine was for in the 2009-2010 flu season. That said, just to be on the safe side, the 2010-2011 seasonal flu shot will contain the most current vaccine for swine flu, in addition to the vaccines for the other predicted types of flu, that we will most likely see in this season. So in this year's flu season, only a single flu shot will be needed for protection of seasonal flu strains as well as the swine flu strain. ( Full Answer )
For the 2011-2012 flu season: In the US, there may still be some of the 2009-2010 season monovalent H1N1 vaccine, you could ask your health care professional and pharmacist if it will be available for you in the upcoming flu season. But, for the 2011-2012 flu season, it will be included as part of… the trivalent seasonal flu shot and won't be separate like in 2009. According to the information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the 2011-2012 vaccine, the flu vaccine protects against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. This year's influenza vaccine contains the following three influenza virus strains. . The 2011--12 U.S. seasonal influenza vaccine virus strains are identical to those contained in the 2010--11 vaccine. These include A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like, A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like, and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like antigens. The influenza A (H1N1) vaccine virus strain is derived from a 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus . The strain of H1N1 influenza listed above that is included in the 2011-2012 seasonal flu vaccine in the US, is the same that caused the H1N1 Pandemic "Swine" Flu in 2009. A separate vaccination for that will not be required and if you had it before, it will not hurt to get it again and might help. ( Full Answer )
The flu virus mutates enough each year that immunity to last year's strain doesn't mean you will be immune to this year's strain. That's why, each year, they manufacture flu vaccine based on what they think that year's strain will look like. Sometimes they're wrong, and that year's vaccine isn't e…ffective against that year's flu, but this is fairly uncommon. The H1N1 vaccine is tailored specifically to the swine flu outbreak this year, and has been proven to be effective against it. ( Full Answer )
For the 2010 - 2011 Flu Season: The seasonal flu vaccine for the upcoming season will contain the H1N1 pandemic flu virus, so this year you will only need to get one vaccination to cover H1N1 and the other two seasonal flu strains chosen for the vaccine for this season. There may still be some of …the 2009 - 2010 season monovalent vaccine for H1N1 available if you can not take the seasonal flu trivalent vaccine for some reason, you will need to check with a pharmacist where flu shots are being provided or with your health care professional to find out if that will be possible this year. For the 2009 - 2010 Flu Season: Yes, you could. The A-H1N1/09 and seasonal flu are two different diseases. It is recommended that you do get both vaccinations in the 2009-2010 flu season in the Northern Hemisphere. You get them in two different shots, but you can get them at the same time or at different times. There are also nasal mists. You can not get the two different nasal mists at the same time but you can get one vaccine by shot and the other by nasal spray at the same time or you can get both shots at the same time. If you have already had one or the other vaccines, then you can just get the other when it is available to you. ( Full Answer )
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.
The CDC-approved trivalent vaccines for the 2011-2012 flu season contain and will protect against the following three flu virus strains: 1. Type A Influenza/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus (Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus) 2. Type A Influenza/Perth/16/2009/ (H3N2)-like virus 3. Type …B Influenza/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus ( Full Answer )
You can get it this flu season (2010-2011) any place you can get the seasonal "regular" flu shot (if you are in the US), since it is included with the standard flu vaccine this year, no separate vaccination is required like in 2009. There is no shortage of the vaccine. Places in the US that provi…de vaccinations for the flu are most national chain pharmacies (such as CVS, Walgreen's, Walmart, Kroger, etc.) and some smaller retail pharmacies in your local area (call first to see if they are giving them). In addition many health care providers and walk in care centers are providing them. If you have a regular physician you can call to see if they are providing them to their patients and if not, they can probably help you find a location near you. ( Full Answer )
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 )
Yes , one strain of H1N1 influenza is included in the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine in the US, but not all of them are. The H1N1 Pandemic "Swine" Flu from 2009 is the strain that will be included. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: . The flu vaccine protects against… the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. This year's influenza vaccine contains three new influenza virus strains. They are: . A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus (the same strain as was used for 2009 H1N1 monovalent vaccines); . A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus; . B/Brisbane 60/2008-like antigens. The 2010-11 influenza vaccine can protect you from getting sick from these three viruses, or it can make your illness milder if you get a related but different influenza virus strain. . See the related links below for more information about the effectiveness of flu vaccine. ( 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.
This is such a specialized treatment and is individualized to the patient so that no general statements can be made about how it would interact with different medications including vaccines. This question should be asked of the physician in charge of your treatment to be sure you get the answer for …your specific condition. ( 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 )
Usually if you haven't had one by February in the Northern Hemisphere, there is no point, since the time it takes for the shot to work to protect you will likely take you beyond the most active parts of flu season (typically October to March). It will not hurt to have one later than that, it will… still protect you from the flu that the vaccines in the shot are made for if that flu comes around again in another season. Ask the pharmacist how long they will have vaccine available for the 2010-2011 season. (Walgreen's is cheaper than most places in the US these days at under $20 ~ no affiliation, just a helpful tip.) ( Full Answer )
Children under 10 have immature immune systems, so in order for them to have the proper immune response necessary to create immunity to the flu after a vaccination, they need an initial vaccination followed in a month by a second administration of the vaccine. So, children 6 months to 10 years need …two flu vaccinations. It is the same for the nasal spray vaccinations, although they are not used for children under 2 years. ( 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 )
Yes, it is possible to get the flu shot anytime. You may get them at Walgreens or at CVS. They are open 24/7 and give it any day, any time for free.
yes you can but I do not recommend it to be in the same spot or near the same spot werethe first one one was
Yes, it is common practice to give immunization for flu and pneumonia at the same time.
Because of the wonder and "magic" of our bodies and immune systems. You can't choose when you have an infection, and it isn't uncommon to be exposed to more than one type of organism at the same time in the environment. Animals' bodies had to develop to be able to deal with multiple infectious agent…s at the same time. Because of this, for many types of organisms, the vaccines that are made with multiple inactivated or weakened organisms don't cause a problem for our bodies to respond to each organism with antibodies for both, the same as the body does when exposed to multiple pathogens in the wild. According to the manufacturer of Zostavax, herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine: In a double-blind, controlled substudy, 374 adults in the US, 60 years of age and older (median age = 66 years), were randomized to receive trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) and ZOSTAVAX concurrently (N=188), or TIV alone followed 4 weeks later by ZOSTAVAX alone (N=186). The antibody responses to both vaccines at 4 weeks post vaccination were similar in both groups. . This may be different depending on the vaccine and organisms involved, however. So rely on your doctor or clinician to determine if there is a drug interaction that might prevent concurrent vaccination with different vaccines. . ( Full Answer )
The seasonal flu vaccine may give only partial protection against H1N1. It is very difficult to prove the same.