What is Influenza vaccine?

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See also: H1N1 Vaccine Influenza virus vaccine, live, trivalent

The influenza ("flu") vaccine is used to provide active immunity to the flu virus. Optimal vaccination time is October-November, prior to exposure to the flu; however, vaccination should continue into December and throughout flu season as long as vaccine is available

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 114 34
Support immune health 52 31
Doctor recommendation 3 2
Prevent infection 3 1
Asthma 2 1

Show all 11 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
4
Moderate
4
Mild
17
None
41

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Influenza vaccine

Side effect Patients
Soreness in arm the next day 4
Fever 3
Headaches 3
Injection site pain 3
Flu like symptoms 2
Muscle soreness 2

Show all 33 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Influenza vaccine

Dosage Patients
yearly 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Influenza vaccine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 12
Other 8
Side effects too severe 4
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
See all 51 patients who've stopped taking Influenza vaccine

Duration

Currently taking Influenza vaccine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Influenza vaccine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 62
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 54
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 31
Not specified 31
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13 patient evaluations for Influenza vaccine

Nov 4, 2017 (Started Oct 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for flu virus (influenza))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support immune health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Yearly
Advice & Tips: Receive this yearly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 4, 2017 (Started Oct 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for flu virus (influenza))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support immune health)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Yearly
Advice & Tips: I receive the injection annually sore arm for 2 days
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 17, 2017 (Started Oct 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support immune health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for flu virus (influenza))
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Yearly
Advice & Tips: Get this injection every year. Arm soreness for several days.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 20, 2016 (Started Oct 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support immune health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for flu virus (influenza))
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle soreness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly
Advice & Tips: I receive the injection annually sore arm for 2 days
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 1, 2014 (Started Oct 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support immune health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for flu virus (influenza))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly
Advice & Tips: I get this annually
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 10, 2017 (Started Mar 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly

May 4, 2016 (Started Mar 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly

May 4, 2015 (Started Mar 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly

Apr 2, 2013 (Started Mar 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly

Apr 6, 2011 (Started Mar 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 3, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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