Flu Season and drug-resistant medicines

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Nov 14, 2019

Good morning. The day before yesterday I finally got my flu shot. For the first time I got a bad headache the next day as a reaction. But I'm fine now. I also won't hesitate to get one next year. Any shot/vaccine is unpleasant. Many people are under the impression that the flu shot can give you the flu. The is untrue. Like my headache any flu like symptoms can be a reaction and are just minor inconveniences. Also another misnomer is that the flu shot will not prevent the flu. It does in most cases but it really does minimize the symptoms if you ever get it. Have you ever had the flu? I have and anything that minimizes the symptoms is welcomed in my book.Yesterday, coincidentally was also the day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released their long awaited report about drug resistant illnesses and what they found is astounding. With the Earth's temperatures warming so fast and high there are all sorts of organic changes that are happening. One of them is the antibiotic-resistant infections. With this report it is ever more important to be vigilant and defensive against exposing ourselves to any situation that might harm us. For example if the flu, or any other "bug" is going around your community forgo the holiday party, stay in and safe. Lung diseases and cancers have compromised our bodies. This means that our natural defenses have been broken through, making it easier for other undesirables to join the club. It's like invitations are sent out! Germs have become "super-bugs" that resist present day medicines. "Bugs" are smart creatures. Unlike us "bugs" have learned to evolve so that killing them is often impossible, so far. If only our bodies could do the same.This is the report that was released:https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/11/13/deadly-superbugs-pose-greater-threat-than-previously-estimated/ I hope that you all have gotten your flu shot. If you haven't what are the reasons? What methods have you used to avoid becoming ill during the holidays?

@rosemarya

@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.

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@rosemarya I sure hope that MGH will approve it soon, I worry about shingles, I have heard it's extremely uncomfortable. My husband had it one time when our kids were young, and they caught chicken pox from him having it!
JK

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@contentandwell

@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.
JK

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

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@contentandwell

@rosemarya I sure hope that MGH will approve it soon, I worry about shingles, I have heard it's extremely uncomfortable. My husband had it one time when our kids were young, and they caught chicken pox from him having it!
JK

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@contentandwell – I had shingles several years ago – diagnosed by surprise on my back (where I could not see it) when my doctor was looking at a cyst I had at the time. It was definitely not fun – hurts quite a lot. I had the postherpetic neuralgia for about 6-8 weeks afterward, and that drives you a bit nuts, especially as I'd heard that it doesn't go away in some people – you just always itch. Thankfully, for me, it went away with a course of gabapentin.

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@lisalucier

@contentandwell – I had shingles several years ago – diagnosed by surprise on my back (where I could not see it) when my doctor was looking at a cyst I had at the time. It was definitely not fun – hurts quite a lot. I had the postherpetic neuralgia for about 6-8 weeks afterward, and that drives you a bit nuts, especially as I'd heard that it doesn't go away in some people – you just always itch. Thankfully, for me, it went away with a course of gabapentin.

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@lisalucier I am glad it went away for you. I had the other shingles shot a while ago but I don't think that is still effective after a certain amount of time. I just hope that MGH will approve it soon. I am very surprised that they have not since Mayo apparently has but the explanation sounded like it made sense so I didn't question it.
JK

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Does the flu shot interfere with chemo or immuno therapy drugs?

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@janlanderz

Does the flu shot interfere with chemo or immuno therapy drugs?

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@janlanderz– Good morning. What an excellent question. This is also an excellent question for your oncologist, what drugs you are being given, time frame, your health and age. I say age because there are 2 different shots this year including a higher dose. I would encourage you to call your dr. as soon as possible because you don't want to get ill if you can avoid it. Have you started chemo yet?

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@janlanderz

Does the flu shot interfere with chemo or immuno therapy drugs?

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@janlanderz that’s definitely something you should ask your doctor. We are not medical professionals, just patients sharing experiences.
JK

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