Influenza Virus Vaccine
The influenza vaccine is given by injection to help prevent influenza (flu), particularly in people with compromised immune systems. The vaccine is altered yearly to correspond to mutations in the flu virus.
Common brand names:Afluria, Fluarix, Fluvirin, Fluzone
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Some Russian studies suggest that eleuthero (Siberian ginseng) may reduce the risk of postvaccination reactions.The interaction is supported by preliminary, weak, fragmentary, and/or contradictory scientific evidence.
In a randomized, double-blind study, 227 people received influenza vaccine plus 100 mg of standardized extract of Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) or placebo two times per day for four weeks before and eight weeks after influenza vaccination. Compared with placebo, Asian ginseng extract was reported to prevent colds and flu, improve immune cell activity, and increase antibody levels after vaccination.The interaction is supported by preliminary, weak, fragmentary, and/or contradictory scientific evidence.
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Last Review: 03-18-2015
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