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- Influenza vaccine (flu shot) facts
- What is influenza (flu)?
- Why vaccinate for the flu?
- What are the different types of flu vaccines?
- What flu viruses does the flu vaccine protect against?
- How does the flu vaccine work to prevent the flu?
- When should one receive the flu vaccine?
- Who should receive the flu vaccine?
- Who should not receive the flu vaccine?
- What are risks and side effects of the flu vaccine?
- Can the flu vaccine give me the flu?
- What should I do about adverse reactions to the flu vaccine?
- How effective is the flu shot?
- What was the novel H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine?
- What is the best way to locate a flu shot clinic?
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Who should not receive the flu vaccine?
Those who should avoid the flu vaccine include the following:
- People who have ever had a severe allergic reaction to influenza vaccine
- People with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS) that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine and who are not at risk for severe illness from influenza should generally not receive vaccine.
- People under 65 years of age should not receive the high-dose flu shot.
- People who are under 18 years old or over 64 years old should not receive the intradermal flu shot.
- If you are sick with a fever when you go to get your flu shot, you should talk to your doctor or nurse about whether or not you should get your shot at a later date. However, you can get a flu shot at the same time you have a respiratory illness without fever or if you have another mild illness.
- People who have had an allergic reaction to eggs should discuss this situation with their health-care professional to determine whether the egg-free vaccine may be appropriate.