Can i get a flu shot if i’m taking prednisone?

Prednisone is not known to cause flu.

Prednisone can make it hard to stay hydrated, but it doesn’t make it impossible.

Prednisone is a corticosteroid, so it can cause side effects.

How much does a flu shot hurt?

This varies depending on:

  • Where you get it
  • How you prepare it
  • How long you’re in the clinic
  • How you feel after the shot

The flu vaccine may cause some pain, tenderness, or bruising at the injection site (usually above the waist). This is usually gone after a few days.

It’s possible to have a bad reaction to the vaccine. If your child has a bad reaction after a flu shot, call the doctor right away.

How do you get a flu shot?

You can get a flu shot if you haven’t gotten the flu this season.

Getting a flu shot is a good idea for:

  • People over the age of 6 months
  • Children 12 years and older
  • Adults 65 years and older
  • People with certain chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or emphysema

You can get a flu shot at your doctor’s office or a clinic.

What does a flu shot contain?

The flu shot contains:

  • Inactivated flu virus
  • A needle and syringe
  • A medical lubricant
  • A non-medicated solution

The flu shot is given in a series of shots. The first shot contains inactivated flu virus. The other shots are made from an inactivated or weakened flu virus, but not the live virus. The virus in the shots is weakened by the process of freezing and thawing, and growing in a lab. The shot is given in two places:

  • The arm or back of the neck.
  • The buttocks.

The flu shot is given every 4 to 6 weeks. You can get it anytime during flu season.

What do you do if you get a bad reaction to the flu shot?

Tell your doctor if your child has a bad reaction to the flu shot.

If a child has a bad reaction to the flu shot, call the doctor right away.

You may need to be hospitalized if you have a life-threatening reaction to the vaccine.

How do you get a flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is given in a series of shots. The first shot contains inactivated flu virus. The other shots are made from an inactivated or weakened flu virus, but not the live virus. The virus in the shots is weakened by the process of freezing and thawing, and growing in a lab.

The flu vaccine is given in two places:

  • The arm or back of the neck
  • The buttocks

The flu vaccine is given every year in the fall and late winter.

How do you get a flu shot if you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant?

Flu shots are safe to use during pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the vaccines are safe for everyone, including pregnant women.

If you’re pregnant and have a high-risk condition, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of the flu shot.

You should get your flu vaccine every year to protect yourself and your unborn baby.

What are the side effects of a flu shot?

The flu shot may cause mild pain or swelling at the injection site. This usually goes away within a few days.

There’s a rare possibility of a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine. This is more likely to happen in people with a history of allergies.

Common side effects of the flu shot in people ages 2 weeks and older include:

  • Local redness or swelling at the injection site
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What is the flu?

The flu is a respiratory illness that causes fever and other flu-like symptoms. It’s caused by the influenza virus.

The flu is highly contagious and spreads easily from person to person.

The flu can happen at any time of the year.

What should you do if you have a high-risk condition?

If you have a high-risk condition, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of the flu vaccine.

The CDC reports that the vaccine is safe for people with a number of chronic conditions, including:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Immunocompromised state
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Lupus
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Obesity
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 1 or type 2 diabetes (adult-onset)

Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of the flu shot.

How do you know if a vaccine is effective?

There’s a high success rate of getting the flu vaccine. The rates of effectiveness for the flu shot are:

  • 95 percent for people ages 6 months and older
  • 90 percent for people ages 2 to 64 years
  • 85 percent for people 65 years and older
  • 70 to 85 percent for children ages 5 months to 17 years in the United States

When to get the flu vaccine?

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every year. This includes people with health conditions like:

  • Preexisting illnesses like asthma or diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Undergoing a long-term medical treatment like chemotherapy or radiation treatment
  • Having a chronic health condition
  • Having a weakened immune system

You should get the flu vaccination even if you were vaccinated the previous year.

A quick recap

Flu infection: A mild illness that can cause fever, body aches, chills, and fatigue.
Flu shot: A series of shots to help prevent the flu.
High-risk conditions: Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of the flu vaccination.

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