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 112 33
Support immune health 53 29
Flu virus (influenza) 21 16
Doctor recommendation 3 2
Prevent infection 3 1
asthma 2 1

Show all 14 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 15
None 39

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Influenza vaccine

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

Show all 34 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Influenza vaccine

Dosage Patients
yearly 36

Why patients stopped taking Influenza vaccine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 13
Other 8
Side effects too severe 4
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
See all 50 patients who've stopped taking Influenza vaccine

Duration

Currently taking Influenza vaccine

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Influenza vaccine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 34
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 58
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 6
Not at all hard to take 52
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 29
Not specified 29
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13 patient evaluations for Influenza vaccine

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

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

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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