Tests help determine safe flu vaccine for those with allergies

January 13, 2015 5:37 PM

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Tests help determine safe flu vaccine for those with allergies

It is likely you can find a vaccine that you can take safely if you suffer from an allergy to thimerosal. There are influenza vaccines available that do not contain thimerosal. Before you get the vaccine again, make an appointment to see a doctor who specializes in allergies. That specialist can do tests to check your allergies and help you find an influenza vaccine that is safe for you.

Influenza, or the flu, is a viral infection that often causes fever, chills, coughing and headaches. In people who have other diseases or medical conditions, and in healthy people older than 50, the flu can lead to serious illness that may require hospitalization. Each year thousands of people die a...

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