Flu shots: Did you get it through your transplant team?

Posted by gphetteplace @gphetteplace, Aug 29, 2020

Phoenix Mayo patients – It’s that time of year. Do you get your flu shot through your transplant team? If so, do I reach out to them? I’m not scheduled to see them again until my 1 year follow up next March.

Hi @gphetteplace!
Good question. I get my flu shots at my local CVS. Just had my influenza – for those of us over 65 -, my pneumonia shot and my shingles in one day!
My arms were a bit sore for a few days, but did not stop me from eing active. I always send the info from CVS to Mayo to update my vaccination file. I am 3 1/2 years out from my heart transplant! Wishing you the best! Ellen

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@gphetteplace, you may be interested in this expert blog post from Mayo's transplant team:
– Flu Season: What You Can Do To Stay Healthy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/transplant/newsfeed-post/flu-season-what-you-can-do-to-stay-healthy/

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@gphetteplace Actually i was just up there for an ivig treatment and they said to get it at Walgreens or your PCP. Im guessing they maybe don't have it yet.
Dana

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@gphetteplace, This is a great question and it is perfect time to bring this to all of out attention. You have reminded me to call my local pharmacy to see if they have the Senior dose available. Tomorrow ✔
Mayo Transplant Center in Rochester used to have a voice message when you made a phone call that reminds patients and family members to get their flu shot. I haven't called recently, though. And I don't want a call now and activate the 24 Hr emergency number.

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My husband and I got out flu shot on Thursday. I called ahead to be sure that that had the senior over 65 dose. After we had our shots, they had 2 doses remaining until they get their next shipment which they will get next week. This is a small pharmacy, and that might not be an issue for the bigger chains, but I would encourage you to call before you go and ask about the supply.

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I also called ahead, i got mine Thursday at a Safeway Grocery store Pharmacy. Mainly since they also gave a 10% off coupon for a grocery purchase. Most of my meds come from mail order now. I don't. Know what dosebIt was they know my age and that im a Heart transplant but that question didn't come up. Is it normal to get a larger dose when your over 65? I'm not quite there yet.

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@rosemarya

My husband and I got out flu shot on Thursday. I called ahead to be sure that that had the senior over 65 dose. After we had our shots, they had 2 doses remaining until they get their next shipment which they will get next week. This is a small pharmacy, and that might not be an issue for the bigger chains, but I would encourage you to call before you go and ask about the supply.

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@rosemary I called our not-so-local Wal-Mart, where I got my flu shot last year. Since I start treatment for the multiple myeloma in 2 weeks, I want to get it soon. My husband will get his at the same time. The pharmacist said starting next week they will set up a tent outside and handle the flu shots there.
Ginger

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My cardiologist at the VA strongly encourages getting a flu shot every year. Wife.and i got ours early this year at Frys grocery pharmacy.

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@danab

I also called ahead, i got mine Thursday at a Safeway Grocery store Pharmacy. Mainly since they also gave a 10% off coupon for a grocery purchase. Most of my meds come from mail order now. I don't. Know what dosebIt was they know my age and that im a Heart transplant but that question didn't come up. Is it normal to get a larger dose when your over 65? I'm not quite there yet.

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It is an automatic change, I think, when you turn 65. You should have filled in a form before your shot where you listed your birthdate and medical conditions allergies. That should have been checked before vaccine was administered.

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@rosemarya

It is an automatic change, I think, when you turn 65. You should have filled in a form before your shot where you listed your birthdate and medical conditions allergies. That should have been checked before vaccine was administered.

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Yes i did fill out the form.

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@rosemarya

My husband and I got out flu shot on Thursday. I called ahead to be sure that that had the senior over 65 dose. After we had our shots, they had 2 doses remaining until they get their next shipment which they will get next week. This is a small pharmacy, and that might not be an issue for the bigger chains, but I would encourage you to call before you go and ask about the supply.

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@rosemarya Are they advising us to get it this early? I was thinking of putting it off until next month since they say it only lasts about 6 months. Since we are doing extreme isolation I figure there is almost no chance of getting the flu now whereas if things change we might be more apt to be isolating less in the late winter.
JK

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@contentandwell

@rosemarya Are they advising us to get it this early? I was thinking of putting it off until next month since they say it only lasts about 6 months. Since we are doing extreme isolation I figure there is almost no chance of getting the flu now whereas if things change we might be more apt to be isolating less in the late winter.
JK

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This is the time of year I always get it. You might want to talk to your doctor about the best time in your area.

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Your flu shot is important-
Earlier on this discussion there were questions about Where? and When? to get your flu shot. But now here is more information that I just found in this recent Mayo Minute. Which flu vaccine will be best for you and for your family members?
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-what-to-know-about-this-seasons-flu-vaccine/

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@rosemarya

Your flu shot is important-
Earlier on this discussion there were questions about Where? and When? to get your flu shot. But now here is more information that I just found in this recent Mayo Minute. Which flu vaccine will be best for you and for your family members?
https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-minute-what-to-know-about-this-seasons-flu-vaccine/

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@rosemarya I had mine recently. The department of infectious diseases at MGH recommended waiting until October since that's when the heavy flu season starts and the immunity only lasts about 6 months, so anyone who is getting one and hasn't yet really shouldn't wait much longer.
Of course, I don't know how my husband and I could get the flu, we are very heavily isolating.
JK

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I got a call from my local pharmacy this week. And so did my husband. The message was to tell us that they have a supply of influenza vaccine available and to encourage us to come in to get our annual flu shot. We both have already had ours, though.
I was impressed that they are being proactive this year about spreading the word about flu shots this year. ( don't recall getting a phone call in other years.

@gphetteplace, Did you decide where to go for your flu shot? What did your transplant team advise you to do?

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