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Old 09-15-2009, 09:25 AM
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Does anyone out there know how long the influenza vaccine is effective? The rumor here is 90 days, but I haven't been able to find reliable information on it. shtnur
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The flu vaccine ideally is given from Mid Oct through November so it can last the flu season..generally protection lasts for 3-4 months and depending on the 'mix' that is in the shot itself it can vary from effective to not on target with the flu viruses that are out there. My point--it may or may not cover, and it may or may not last 3 months for protection. The CDC makes it's best guess as to what flu will be prevalent that coming year.. and makes a vaccine accordingly. shtnur

Back when I managed a physician's office, invariably some of my folks wanted the vaccine as soon as it came in around mid Sept. They risked not having coverage if the flu happened to hit late that year, say late Feb or March. Then you have years where the stupid flu is around year round like this year!! Whazzup with that!! LOL. Good luck.
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Thanks. I have 1 employer who is upset that some of us turned down the influenza vaccine in August because we wanted to wait so that it would cover better for the winter months. Anyway, the "flu season" is pretty messed up this year. Not sure if there is any way to be smart about the vaccine.
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I would say too that its got to last through flu season..

I got mine Tuesday - work was starting to offer them, so I figured I might as well get it.

My arm is still sore and I was pretty tired yesterday, but oh well.. didnt have too much homework that I had to get done yesterday..

I wouldnt of taken it in August either..I even thought mid sept was early to start giving them, I would have thought end of sept/early oct..
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I am actually paying for one this weekend. I just rolled out a new study and I cannot be gone for 1 day. It woould ruin the wyhole 6 week study and no one else can do it because they aren't on the protocol and I am the only nurse in my department. Everyone else is basic science with rats and cells.....

We will have them free at work, but they still have no idea when.
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