H1N1 influenza virus vaccine (injectable) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine ()?
Do not receive this vaccine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a flu vaccine, or if you are allergic to eggs.
Before you receive an H1N1 influenza virus vaccine, tell your doctor if you have:
You can still receive a vaccine if you have a cold or fever. In the case of a more severe illness with a fever or any type of infection, wait until you get better before receiving this vaccine.
Vaccines may be harmful to an unborn baby and generally should not be given to a pregnant woman. However, not vaccinating the mother could be more harmful to the baby if the mother becomes infected with a disease that this vaccine could prevent. Your doctor will decide whether you should receive this vaccine.
It is not known whether H1N1 influenza virus vaccine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
This vaccine should not be given to a child younger than 6 months old.
How is this vaccine given ()?
This vaccine is given as an injection (shot) into a muscle. You will receive this injection in a doctor's office or other clinic setting.
Children younger than 10 years old should receive two H1N1 influenza virus vaccine shots spaced one month apart. Older children and adults are usually given only one shot without a booster dose.
Your doctor may recommend treating fever and pain with an aspirin-free pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, and others) after the shot is given. Follow the label directions or your doctor's instructions about how much of this medicine to take.
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