Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 is an inactivated vaccine for active immunization of patients older than 6 months old. Also known as ‘’flu shot’, it protects you from influenza disease caused by pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus.
Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 is a live vaccine. It protects you from influenza caused by H1N1 virus. It works by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies for H1N1 virus. So if H1N1 virus tries to invade your tissues, there are already active antibodies that kill the virus and prevents infection.
Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. It causes symptoms like fever, chills, and cough, headache and muscle pains. Influenza is highly contagious and can result in serious illnesses in elderly, pregnant, very sick and very young individuals. Influenza remains a significant cause of death each year.
Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 is an injectable medication so only a health professional can give it to you.
2 What To Know Before Using
Before using Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.
The doctor may consider the following before giving you Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1:
You need to tell the doctor all of your allergies before having Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1. Tell all you allergies to food, medications or animal products.
Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 can be given to babies older than 6 months. For babies and children, Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 is given on a schedule.
Tell your doctor if you have other health conditions. Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 may cause problems to individuals with allergies to eggs or egg products. Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 may not be appropriate for individuals with weak immune systems and to individuals with a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome.
You can still take Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 if you have colds or fever. Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 may not be given if you have more severe illness.
Note that Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 only protects you from influenza caused by H1N1 virus. There are many different influenza viruses out there, and the viruses are capable of mutating rapidly, so you can still have influenza despite having vaccines. Influenza vaccines can only reduce your risk of having influenza, but not entirely prevent it.
To use Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.
Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 is available in two forms, a single-dose syringe that only needs to be injected to the patient to administer the vaccine, and a multi-dose vial that needs to be extracted by separate syringe before administration.
The dose of Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 depends on the age of the patient. Generally, very young children receive two shots spaced at least a month apart, while children 10 years and older and adults receive one shot.
Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 is injected into the muscle. In babies, the vaccine is usually injected in the front aspect of the thigh. In older children and adults, the vaccine is injected in the upper arm near the shoulder.
Only a nurse or a doctor can give you Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1.
4 Precautions To Take
Before using Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1, there are some precautions you must take.
If your child has Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1, make sure to return to the doctor’s office for a second dose. Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 may cause allergic reactions. Call your doctor if you have a rash, itching, swelling of the face, lips and tongue and trouble breathing.
Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 is a live vaccine, which means there is a possibility you might transmit viruses to others. You may have to keep distance to newborn infants and people who are sick.
Do not take other medicines without asking the doctor first.
5 Potential Side Effects
As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1.
The following are serious side effects, and you need to call the doctor if you experienced them:
Bleeding, blistering, sensation of coldness or burning at the injection site
Influenza A Virus Vaccine, H1n1 may cause the following bleeding, scarring, blistering, burning or tenderness at the injection site. You can call your doctor if you experience persistent discomfort at the injection site.
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