Despite the urge to get the conventional flu shot vaccine recommended by the centers of disease control and prevention and the FDA, many individuals, suffering from chronic or acute disorders and or medical procedures, are unable to get benefits from specific vaccine.
- Sickle cell disease on chronic transfusions: Patients on chronic transfusions were less likely to respond to the influenza-specific antibody response against the inactivated H1N1 vaccine. MedlinePlus published: ‘people who have sickle cell anemia or other hemoglobinopathies should get the flu shot’. Both chronic disorders are from inherited gene disorders.
- Sickle cell disease: children less than 3 years were less likely to respond to vaccination. Defects in the immune system may affect vaccine responsiveness.
- Chronic renal failure and dialysis belong to the group for contraindications to vaccination with live vaccines. A study shows that hemodialysis patients vaccinated against influenza has a rather insufficient serological response with a single dose of influenza vaccine.
- Influenza vaccination: a nasal spray flu vaccine,‘FluMist’, uses a live, weakened virus instead of a dead one.
- ‘FluMist’ is not suggested for asthmatic patients.
- ‘FluMist’ is not advised for children under 5 who have repeated wheezing episodes.
Who should not get vaccinated?
- People suffering from allergic reaction to chickens or egg protein and individuals with severe reaction after a previous flu vaccine.
- Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder affecting the peripheral nervous system that may have been caused by flu vaccination.
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