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A vaccine is the preparation of dead microorganisms, living weakened microorganisms or inactivated toxins. Its administration induces the development of immunity and protection against a pathogen or toxin and is called a vaccination.
Asked in Cold and Flu, Drug Interactions, Vaccinations
Can you get the flu shot while taking Flagyl?
There is no drug interaction problem between the flu vaccine and Flagyl. But whether you get the vaccination while still taking the antibiotic may depend on why you are taking antibiotics. If you have a current infection, it is usually better to wait until that is cleared up before taking vaccines. But, each situation can be different, and this is a question that the doctor who prescribed the antibiotics should be asked to know what is right in your case. Unless there is...
Is the H1N1 vaccine safe for breastfeeding mothers?
Yes, flu vaccines, including the vaccine for the 2009 pandemic swine flu that is included in the seasonal flu vaccinations again for the 2012-2013 flu season, are considered safe and effective for breastfeeding mothers. The antibodies that are produced in response to the flu vaccines in the mother will also help protect the baby through the mother's milk. Also since infants under six months old can not be vaccinated yet due to their immature immune systems, it is recommended that anyone caring...
Difference between vaccination and medication?
They are both pharmaceuticals. It's just how they are used that's difference. One is for prevention and one is for treatment once you're already has the disease. In term of bang for the buck, vaccines generally have been the most effective pharmaceuticals in changing the prevalent of a disease in a population. ...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Vaccinations
Are you protected if expired flu vaccine was used?
Probably not. Each year the ingredients in the flu vaccine are different, because each year different strains of the influenza virus are going around. They have to make up a new vaccine each year, to be sure it contains all the right strains that will provide immunity for the kinds of flu that are circulating at that time. Since the vaccine for the seasonal flu for this year in the Northern Hemisphere has just been manufactured and released very recently, it would...
What is attenuated flu vaccine?
Attenuated simply means "weakened". An attenuated flu vaccine refers to vaccines made with live viruses (so you get a good immune response), but they have been weakened chemically so that they are unable to give you the flu. There are two types of flu vaccines available in the US. What is called inactivated, inactive or "dead" vaccine and what is called "live", weakened/attenuated vaccine. The injectable vaccines (intradermal and intramuscular) are made with "dead" viruses and the nasal spray is made with "live"...
Does the H1N1 vaccine provide lifetime immunity?
There are studies that suggest that over time the flu vaccines can lose some effectiveness. This is partially due to the original vaccine being less effective on mutated forms of the same virus. But for the same exact strain of H1N1 that is in the vaccine, and others that are very similar to it, many people do retain lifetime protection. One of the ways new viruses are created is through mutation of existing viruses. If the H1N1/09 Pandemic Swine Flu virus mutates to...
Asked in Vaccinations
What are the advantages of being vaccinated?
When one is vaccinated, the risk of getting the disease they are being vaccinated against goes down greatly. They are also at less risk of being a carrier of the disease and passing it onto those who cannot fight the disease off, such as the elderly, the young, and those with compromised immune systems. Herd immunity is caused by most people getting the vaccine, and protecting those who are unable to get the vaccine. Also, certain diseases that are more common in...
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Why do flu vaccines not provide life long immunity?
There are different kinds of influenza. So a vaccine against one, usually won't be effective against another. Also, the flu virus mutates easily and rapidly. When it mutates, the old vaccine is may no longer be effective, depending on how different the mutation is to the original strain. It is also under study to determine if there is a gradual loss of immunity from flu over long time periods as some believe occurs in some people with use of some vaccines and...
Asked in Health, Vaccinations, Hepatitis
Is there any vaccine for hepatitis b carrier?
There is no vaccine for someone who already has the virus. That being said, you should get the Hepatitis A vaccine to further protect yourself, and your liver, should you be exposed to it. As a carrier of Hep b you should know that you should never share toothbrushes or razors. Avoid alcohol to avoid further damaging your liver. Also, everyone in your household should be vaccinated against Hep b. Always use condoms with intercourse, because Hep b can be spread through...
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What is the difference between live vaccine and dead vaccine?
"Live" vaccines contain weakened samples of the pathogen to be immunized against which are chemically treated to make them unable to make you sick, but will still cause an immune response to create the desired immunity. These are called Live Attenuated Vaccines (attenuated just means weakened). "Dead" vaccines have partial particles or totally inactivated/"dead" samples of the pathogen. With virus vaccines, usually live vaccines are given by intra-nasal spray and dead vaccines are given by injection. ...
Asked in Vaccinations, Medication and Drugs
How do you administer thiamine injections?
Thiamine is necessary for carbohydrate metabolism, and is widely accessible from many foods, including seeds, whole wheat flour, and some meats. Thiamine supplements are only necessary if you have a deficiency, which is determined only by a medical doctor. The supplement is injected into veins or muscles. ...
Can a flu shot cause cellulitis?
Yes, there can be a local infection from a contaminated needle from a flu shot and that would be called cellulitis. However, many people can get a red, sore, slightly swollen area at the flu injection site from the desired immune response. This usually goes away in a few days. It gets better from exercising the muscle into which the shot was injected. If it is more than two days after the shot and the redness or inflammation is still increasing,...
Asked in Cold and Flu, Vaccinations, Antibiotics
Should you get a flu vaccine when taking a zpack?
There are no drug interactions between the vaccine and other medications according to the manufacturers' information. However, you should contact the doctor who ordered the Zpack to be sure there would be no contraindications in your case. If you have a fever from a bacterial infection for which you are taking the antibiotics, then you should wait until the fever has been gone for 24 hours before getting a flu vaccination. A fever indicates that your body is actively fighting an infection...
Can flu shots be given in the Gluteal area?
They can be, but usually aren't. This is mostly because many people get red and tender tissue at the site of the injection for a few days after the shot. It is much easier to deal with that soreness in a location like the arm that doesn't need to be sat upon. ...
How often should a child have a swine flu vaccination?
Only one vaccination (for each type of flu) is needed as long as the virus does not mutate. They will have lifetime immunity* to the exact same virus in the vaccine after one immunization. If the virus mutates into a new form, then they will need a new vaccination for the new virus. However, if your question is more about how many shots they need to create the initial immunity, then children under 10 need a series of two vaccinations. The second...
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Vaccinations
Does the child hep-b vaccination hurt?
No. it will only hurt if you think about it. honestly , all it is, is a pinch. I got mine yesterday. I was over exaderating. it is nothing compared to the flu shot or h1n1. you will be fine. just don't think about it. if you think about it too much, then yes it will hurt . but that's mentally. so just relax. when it's done, you'll be like "that was nothing". good luck! ...
Asked in Inventions, Vaccinations
Who invented the first vaccine?
Edward Jenner invented the first vaccine for smallpox in 1796 Edward Jenner invented the vaccine darwin Early forms of vaccination were developed in ancient China as early as 200 B.C. Scholar Ole Lund comments: "The earliest documented examples of vaccination are from India and China in the 17th century, where vaccination with powdered scabs from people infected with smallpox was used to protect against the disease. Quoted from http:/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccination In 1774,some twenty years before Jenner first used vaccination on a boy called James Phipps in 1796,...