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

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  • Flu shot vaccine with “dead” inactivated viruses. Only 1 valid study conducted on benefits and risks, with 1,348 seniors. More research needed. May prevent symptoms, but does not prevent flu complications. Strong side effects.

    • EVIDENCE | POORLY TESTED
    • EFFECTIVENESS | UNCLEAR
    • SAFETY | MILD RISKS

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Unclear impact. More research is needed. May prevent flu symptoms but does not seem to prevent complications. Strong side effects. Unclear safety.

Doctors Say That

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

About Flu shot (vaccine)

Flu shot vaccine with “dead” inactivated viruses

  • Target Population:

    healthy Seniors, 65 year old and above

  • Dosage:

    Seasonal vaccine (once a year). Most brands - 0.5 mL (Fluzone - 0.25 mL). One dose.

  • Goal:

    Prevention of Influenza infection, symptoms and complications.

Research Summary

  • Poorly tested
  • 1 Clinical Studies
  • 1,348 Seniors Tested
  • Unclear
  • Benefits:

    Unclear. More research is needed. May prevent symptoms, but does not seem to 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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