What is Influenza Vaccine-Flu Shot?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Fluvirin Vaxigrip Afluria Show all

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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 35
Support immune health 51 27
Flu virus (influenza) 19 14
Prevent infection 3 1
Asthma 2 1
Decreased diaphragm strength 2 1

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  • 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 14
None 40

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Influenza Vaccine-Flu Shot

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 36 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Influenza Vaccine-Flu Shot

Dosage Patients
yearly 38

Why patients stopped taking Influenza Vaccine-Flu Shot

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 12
Other 7
Side effects too severe 4
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently taking Influenza Vaccine-Flu Shot

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Influenza Vaccine-Flu Shot

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 32
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
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 3
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 53
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 31
Not specified 27
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14 patient evaluations for Influenza Vaccine-Flu Shot

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Nadira
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Nadira
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
56 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See Nadira's full Influenza Vaccine-Flu Shot history

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
jr42
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jr42
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: none
Arms: severe
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
PMA

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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
margie99
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margie99
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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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
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