Fall is upon us, therefore talk of the flu season is as well. Shipments of this year’s Flu vaccine is already at your doctor’s office and pharmacies stores. So what is in the Flu vaccine? What are the potential Flu shot reactions?
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This Year’s Flu Vaccine Is The Same As Last Year’s
This year’s vaccine contains three strains of influenza virus that are identical to last year’s vaccine strains. Experts say that you should not skip the vaccine, even though they are identical.
So you might be thinking, “I had a flu shot last year. If the vaccine is going to be the same , why do I need to get another?” The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that it’s best to have an annual vaccine even if it’s the same formulation you received last year in order to get “optimal protection,” specifying that a decline in protection from the previous year’s immunization “has the potential to leave some people more vulnerable to infection, illness and possibly serious complications from the same influenza viruses a year after being vaccinated.” WIth the new vaccination you run the risk of reaction to Flu vaccine.
The approved Flu vaccines are designed to protect against 3 virus strains that scientists think will be the most prevalent in the upcoming flu season. It also includes the vaccine for the 2010-2011virus strains. The 2011-2012 strains vaccine will be for: A/California/7/09 (H1N1)-like virus (pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus, A/Perth /16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus, and B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.
For children who are six months to age eight years of age, and who have never been vaccinated, the recommendation continues to be that they should receive two doses of vaccine which are given at least four weeks apart.
What Are The Risks? Reaction To Flu Vaccine
- Flu vaccine Guillain Barre
- Brachial Neuritis
Flu vaccine Guillain Barre is a rare condition that usually starts as tingling in the legs and feet. The condition will progress to weakness in the legs. Flu vaccine Guillain Barre is one of the most talked about potential Flu shot reactions.
CIPD is basically a longer acting version of Flu vaccine Guillain Barre. CIDP is a reaction to Flu vaccine that is pretty rare. However it is a very serious condition. The final reaction to Flu vaccine is called brachial neuritis.
The network of nerves that conducts signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand is called the brachial plexus. An inflammation of this network of nerves is a reaction to Flu vaccine called brachial neuritis.
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