If you are going to take the flu shots there are a few things to be aware of:
You should know if you can take a live virus (the nasal spray) vs the modified virus. If your immune system is off for any reason, from medications to medical problems, you should NOT take the nasal spray. Consult with your doctor and whoever is giving you the shot, tell them of your medical problems and bring a list of your medicines to see what they suggest.
You may have a sensitivity to the preservatives in the shots. You can ask for a list and if you have an allergy or a sensitivity to the preservatives, you should avoid taking the shots.
Finally, you should not take the shot on a day you are very stressed out, as this could make the shot less effective.
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Dr. Nancy Scheinost
Rheumatology of Brazos Valley