Prednisone and flu vaccine

Taking corticosteroids can reduce the immune response to flu. This means that you might not get as much protection from the vaccine.

If you need to take oral corticosteroids, talk to your doctor about how they should be taken.

How long should I wait to get the flu?

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

Even if you’re 6 months of age or older, you should not get the flu vaccine if you have other conditions that may make the vaccine less effective.

If you have any of the following, you can talk to your doctor about whether the vaccine is right for you:

  • A weakened immune system
  • A blood disorder, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or sickle cell disease
  • A chronic medical condition, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or diabetes
  • A weakened immune system from a previous infection
  • You have a heart, renal, or liver condition
  • You’ve had an allergic reaction to the vaccine or any other vaccine

You should get the flu vaccine as soon as possible if you develop symptoms of the flu, such as:

  • A fever
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Sore, red, or itchy eyes

If you’re pregnant, you should not get the flu vaccine.

What if I don’t feel well after getting the flu vaccine?

It’s possible that you might not feel well after getting the flu vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you still have symptoms after getting the vaccine.

If you do have symptoms, you should still get a flu vaccine every year.

Your doctor may tell you to get a flu vaccine every year even if you don’t have symptoms. This is because the flu vaccine is still very effective even if you don’t get sick.

It’s best to get a flu vaccine every year to help keep the flu at bay.

The flu vaccine is typically safe even if you take prescription medicines for asthma, allergies, sinus problems, or another condition.

The flu vaccine is not recommended for people who have:

  • Pregnancy
  • Liver disease
  • Lupus
  • AIDS
  • Anemia

Talk to your doctor about whether the flu vaccine is right for you.

What if I’m already ill from the flu?

If you have a weakened immune system, any flu vaccine can be harmful. Talk to your doctor about whether you should get the vaccine.

Your doctor may also tell you not to get the flu vaccine if you have:

  • A chronic illness, such as asthma or COPD
  • A heart condition
  • A kidney condition

If you have any of these conditions, talk to your doctor about whether the flu vaccine is right for you.

What if I’m pregnant?

Talk to your doctor about whether you should get the flu vaccine.

If you have a weakened immune system, the flu vaccine can be harmful to you. Talk to your doctor about whether you should get the vaccine.

Talk to your doctor about whether it’s safe for you to get the flu vaccine while you’re pregnant.

What if I’m taking another prescription medication?

Taking oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone, can reduce the immune response to flu. This means that you might not get as much protection from the vaccine.

If you take any oral corticosteroids, talk to your doctors about how they should be taken.

What if I’m taking another medication that makes me sick?

Taking medications that make you sick may interfere with the effectiveness of a flu vaccine. You may not be able to get a vaccine if you take one of the following:

  • Anti-hypertensive drugs, such as beta-blockers, diuretics, and calcium channel blockers
  • Antibiotics, such as clarithromycin and erythromycin
  • HIV medications, such as nelfinavir and ritonavir
  • Immunosuppressant drugs, such as cyclosporine, tacrolimus, and sirolimus

Ask your doctor about how to safely take your medications.

When should I get the flu shot?

The flu vaccine should be given annually. You should get the flu shot at the same time every year.

Talk to your healthcare provider if you’re not sure if the flu shot is right for you.

What if I have a high risk of getting the flu?

You should get a flu shot every year.

High-risk people include:

  • Children younger than 6 months of age
  • People who are aged 65 years or older
  • People with a weakened immune system
  • People with a chronic illness
  • People with asthma, COPD, or diabetes

Talk to you doctor about the best time to get the flu shot for you.

What if I have a condition that causes me to bleed easily?

The flu shot may not be effective at preventing you from getting the flu if you have a condition that causes you to bleed easily. You should get a flu shot every year.

Talk to you doctor about whether you should get the flu shot.

How do I get the flu shot?

You can get the flu shot at most pharmacies. Ask your pharmacist about the best pharmacy for you.

You should get the flu shot as soon as possible if you:

  • Have a fever
  • Have been sick for more than 48 hours
  • Have a cough that lasts more than three weeks
  • Have a sore throat

You should get a flu vaccine every year if you:

  • Have a high-risk group of people, such as children younger than 6 months, people over 50 years of age, or people with a chronic illness
  • Take prescription medications, especially if you take immunosuppressive drugs
  • Have a weakened immune system because of a chronic illness or a condition that affects your lungs
  • Have asthma, COPD, or diabetes

What if I have a fever?

If you’ve been sick for more than 48 hours, you should not get the flu shot. Talk to you doctor about whether you should get the shot.

If you do get sick, you should call your doctor. You should also call your doctor if you’re feeling sick and you have a fever.

Talk to you doctor about your symptoms.

How do I get an adult flu shot?

If you’re an adult, you should get an adult flu shot every year.

Takeaway

The flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu. It helps your body develop a strong immune response to the flu virus.

The flu shot is typically safe for most people. However, it’s important to talk with your doctor about whether the vaccine is right for you.

It’s best to get the flu shot every year to help keep the flu at bay.

If you’re not sure if the vaccine is right for you, talk to you doctor about the pros and cons of getting the flu shot

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