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Merry, Volunteer Mentor (@merpreb)

Flu Season and drug-resistant medicines

Lung Cancer | Last Active: Nov 18, 2019 | Replies (19)

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@hopeful33250 yes, their caution has to do with immunosuppressants I believe. Interestingly Mayo does allow it, but when I had my post-transplant appointment last month and asked why they were not advising it the NP gave me a very understandable reason, I just can’t remember what it was! MGH is very cautious.

I think I sent my husband enough articles about the flu shot not causing flu that he had to give in.

@alamogal635 the only negative I had from the shot was a sore arm for a couple of days. Oddly, it seems much easier to find the high dose flu shot at pharmacies than at doctor’s offices! I always get mine at Walgreens.
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I actually had my first flu shot ever when I had chemo years ago. Also, more recent with other immunosuppressive. I did well both times.

@hopeful33250 Thank you. There are plenty of Walgreens around my area.

@contentandwell, @hopeful33250,
I am a transplant recipient at Mayo, and I have received the new shingles vaccine.
I asked my transplant coordinator about it at the beginning of my annual check-up in 2018. She checked with the infectious disease specialist in the transplant department. He said it was okay for me to have it..

I firmly believe that we always need to check with our own doctor, because it is never a one-size-fits-all situation.

My Walgreens is having a terrible time with transitioning after buying Rite Aid. They ran out so I got mine at CVS.