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Flu shot (vaccine) for prevention of Flu in healthy Children

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  • Flu shot vaccine with “dead” inactivated viruses. 75 studies conducted, with 300,000 children. Prevents 1 flu case in 28 vaccinated children, and 1 influenza-like-illness in 8 vaccinated children. Doesn't prevent flu complications. irritating side effects. Unclear safety.

    • EVIDENCE | WELL TESTED
    • EFFECTIVENESS | MILD BENEFITS
    • SAFETY | MILD RISKS

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It prevents flu infection in 3.6% of the vaccinated children, but it does not prevent complications. It has irritating side effects and unclear safety.

Doctors Say That

The recommended dosage for children who take the flu shot for the first time is twice, at least 4 weeks apart. This dosage primes the immune system, and may prove more effective.

Note that the information here relates only to HEALTHY children. Flu vaccines are, for example, essential for asthmatic children.

About Flu shot (vaccine)

Flu shot vaccine with “dead” inactivated viruses

  • Target Population:

    healthy Children, 2 to 16 years old

  • Dosage:

    Seasonal vaccine (once a year). Most brands - 0.5 mL (Fluzone - 0.25 mL). One dose or two doses at least 1 month apart.

  • Goal:

    Prevention of Influenza infection, symptoms and complications.

Research Summary

  • Well tested
  • 75 Clinical Studies
  • 300,000 Children Tested
  • Mild benefits
  • Benefits:

    Prevents 1 case of influenza infection when the vaccine is given to 28 children. Prevent 1 influenza-like-illness (including similar symptoms due to other viruses and causes) when the vaccine is given to 8 children. Does not prevent complications.

  • Mild risks
  • Risks:

    Unclear. More research needed. Irritating side effects: soreness, redness, and/or swelling from the shot; headache, fever, cough, nausea, muscle aches, itching, sore eyes.

Influenza virus infection Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Flu (influenza virus infection and symptoms).

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, dizziness, fever, headache, nausea, pains, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting and aches.

  • Complications:

    Ear infection, lung infection, Seizures.

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Influenza vaccines, also known as flu shots or flu jabs, are vaccines that protect against infection by influenza virus. A new version of the vaccine is developed twice a year as the influenza virus rapidly changes.Their effectiveness varies from year to year. The effectiveness in those under two years old and over 65 years old is unknown due to the low quality of the research. (source)
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