Influenza vaccine provides protection against the group of influenza viruses, resulting in viral respiratory infection and may sometimes eventually result in death. Flu shots, Fluzone high-dose, egg-free vaccines, and nasal sprays are the types of influenza vaccines. Children below the age of nine years who are not vaccinated will get two doses of the vaccine at an interval of one month; those who have been vaccinated and those above the age of nine years will get only a single dose.
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How can I improve my immunity against pneumonia?
Query: Hello doctor, How can I improve my immunity for pneumonia since I already had it five times? Once when I was a kid, thrice in high school and currently at college. Please help. Read Full »
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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Pneumonia is a lung infection. It is a serious problem if you do not care about it in timely. You get pneumonia due to infection with bacteria, virus or fungus or if your immunity goes down. You said you had pneumonia five times in your lifetime. As you had it with ... Read Full »
My doctor advised taking pneumococcal and influenza vaccines. Will it affect my immunity?
Query: Hello doctor, The doctor advised us to take the following vaccines. Pneumococcal and influenza vaccines with a gap of five days, repeat pneumococcal vaccine after three years, and influenza vaccine every year. I doubt whether these vaccines cause problems in generating antibodies in my body naturall... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I read your query and can understand your concern.These vaccines do not affect naturally occurring antibodies. Instead, these vaccines produce antibodies for two specific organisms.1. Pneumococcal pneumonia bacteria.2. Influenza virus.So these vaccines will not affect yo... Read Full »
Did the last flu shot cause my muscles to jump?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been told not to get a flu shot anymore until I am in my 60's because the last shot I had caused my muscles all over my body to jump for many months after. Not one doctor has explained why this happened or what the risks are to get flu shots in the future or what this means fo... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Flu shots are not as such known to cause the side effect mentioned by you. However, if you had the side effect then yes, you may experience the same taking another shot. You may, however, ask your doctor for a different brand. These days nasal spray shots are available... Read Full »
When is the right time for my seven and a half years old daughter to receive the flu vaccine?
Query: Hi doctor,My daughter is 7 and a half years old and weighs around 8 kg. Overall, she is fine as per the latest check-up. After six months of breastfeeding, she was started on solid foods as per the following schedule: 8 AM to 9 AM - Cerelac wheat, 12 PM to 1 PM - rice, dhal, vegetable, 4 PM to 5 PM ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If she does not take fruits, please do not force her. Try some dishes with other fruits like boiled and crushed apples, mashed musk melon, etc. The taste keeps changing. Hence, if she refuses anything, you can retry again after two weeks. Wheat is to be given after the... Read Full »
Can you let me know if there are any vaccines for swine flu?
Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 1 year old. We are going to travel to our native place, and I heard that swine flu is epidemic there. So, I am very much scared about it. Kindly suggest some vaccination or a doctor who can provide a solution. How can we save our baby from this kind of disease? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can vaccinate the baby with the Vaxigrip (inactivated influenza) vaccine for swine flu, two weeks before the travel. Prevent the child from coming into contact with many people at a time. For further queries consult a child health specialist online --> https://icli... Read Full »
What are the protocols for an influenza vaccine, and which flu vaccine is the best?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20-year-old female, and last month I was asked to get an influenza vaccine. But I was not informed about the name of the vaccine. However, I have a few questions related to it. Firstly when should the influenza vaccine be taken? Second, till what age should it be taken? And third, ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Everyone six months of age and older should get influenza (flu) vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination to prevent flu and its potentially serious complications is crucial for those at a higher risk of developing serious flu complications. A few available... Read Full »
Will swine flu manifest as on and off episodes of fever?
Query: Hello doctor, I am feeling feverish since yesterday. My sister is not well, and I was around her during the day. She went to a second doctor after 15 days of sore throat, pain, weakness, vomiting, fever, cough, phlegm, and breathlessness. Her new doctor asked her to do a chest X-Ray and CBC. He s... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since these episodes are noticed after an exposure to a patient, you need to be careful. Flu, which is viral in origin, is very quick to spread. As it is a respiratory infection, it spreads through the air we breathe. I suggest the following: Tab Dynapar (a combinat... Read Full »
Which vaccination is suggestable for older adults during cold season, Pneumococcal or Influenza?
Query: Hello doctor, My elderly parents are over 75 but are fairly healthy except for mild hypertension. They live in a cold place. Their doctor plans to give them a pneumococcal vaccine (e.g., Pneumovax) next week, followed by an influenza vaccine the next month. Would it not be better if they get influ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, it is important to get the influenza vaccine every year and not a pneumococcal vaccine. Pneumococcal vaccine has two-shot S- PCV13 and PPSV23 for different pneumococcal bacterial strains to be taken at different time points. PCV13 vaccine should be taken e... Read Full »
What are the side effects of getting influenza vaccine?
Query: Hello doctor, I got the influenza vaccination about a week ago and have a swollen and painful lump in my armpit. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are having lymph node swelling axillary post influenza vaccination. Influenza vaccine is a very safe vaccine. Although some may have local pain, swelling, and fever. Some may have local lymphadenopathy. Lymphadenopathy is a swelling of ly... Read Full »
How to prevent sinusitis, dry nose and shivering during winters?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a recurring ailment that I usually get once or twice per winter. It starts with extreme shivering and overheating, but no fever. Day two usually involves a very dry nose, very low energy, and heightened sensitivity to touch or light. Days 3 to 5 usually involve more traditional... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Most of these attacks start as a viral infection and then become complicated by bacterial infection. These attacks are hard to be prevented completely but the use of seasonal influenza vaccines are helpful and can decrease the number of the attacks. Flu vaccines are tak... Read Full »