Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Nini | 2011-06-28


Flu vac

Hi doc, I took my daughter for the flu vac 2 weeks ago, and about 5 days afterwards I could see it kick in cause she had the beginning stages of a cold / flu, and then a day or 2 later ir was gone. Now she has woken up this morning with a terribly runny nose and a phlegmy cough.

I have done some of my own asking around and as it turns out many people are actually against the vaccine. I am hearing stories that people get very ill even after the vaccine, and that it''s not very effecdtive. Please put my mind at ease and give me your opinion? Did I waste my money, or must I just be patient and see if it tackels this cold? I am very annoyed at this stage.

Expert's Reply



It sounds as if your daughter now has a cold and not flu. The flu vaccine only protects children against the flu viruses it contains which is usually limited to three of the most important strains of virus for this year.There are many strains of the flu virus which are not covered by the vaccine, so children may still get flu despite having the flu vaccination.It will offer your daughter protection against the most important flu viruses but this protection is limited to these particular flu viruses only.

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Posted by: Loren | 2011-06-28

I had the flu vaccine for the first time and am also hoping it was worth it. I was told that I will not get flu once the 2wk period after having the vaccine was over. Might get a slight cold but that''s it.

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