The flu shot

Posted by stuckonu @stuckonu, Sat, Oct 5 4:31am

I always refused getting the flu shot. After my friend Greg died of the flu I changed my mind and I decided to get the shot. I just got this years shot a few days ago and just like last year besides the pain at the injection shot I got a cough that seemed to start while I was sleeping. After waking up I discover that I have this strange dry cough that is more uncomfortable than anything else, but last year it hung around for well over a month. I mentioned this to the doctor who mentioned that this rears vaccine is a different formula than last years. Is that a type of invalidation of my suggestion that there might be a connection between the shot and the cough?

@stuckonu – I agree that your doctor's suggestion was confusing. This drives me crazy! The Flu shot can cause some side effects and are different for each person. One serum can not realistically prevent this from happening. Can you Ask him what he means!! Don't let him get away with these types of answers.

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@stuckonu That doesn't sound like a valid answer . If you are allergic to egg products then You cant take them but to have a cough afterwards I don't know maybe he doesn't know either? I think I would inquire to all your Dr.s to see if anyone knows about this.

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@stuckonu, I want to extend my sincere thanks to you for getting your flu shot. I am a tranplant recipient and I am one of "those" at risk people with a compromised immune system due to my antirejection medications. So both me and my hubby do get the flu shot every year. Our only after effects have been sore arm for a few days. And no flu!
Did you know that an annual flu shot helps protect the individual who gets the shot, and it also prevents passing the flu to others.

Here is an article that I want to share. It provides information related to your experience. Since the flu vaccine is not a live vaccine, it does not give someone the flu, however there are some side effects that could mimic with flu-like symptoms.
Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/in-depth/flu-shots/art-20048000

At the conclusion of the article, there are more helpful tips to avoid getting the flu.
Does this information help to clear up some of your concern about the cough?

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@rosemarya

@stuckonu, I want to extend my sincere thanks to you for getting your flu shot. I am a tranplant recipient and I am one of "those" at risk people with a compromised immune system due to my antirejection medications. So both me and my hubby do get the flu shot every year. Our only after effects have been sore arm for a few days. And no flu!
Did you know that an annual flu shot helps protect the individual who gets the shot, and it also prevents passing the flu to others.

Here is an article that I want to share. It provides information related to your experience. Since the flu vaccine is not a live vaccine, it does not give someone the flu, however there are some side effects that could mimic with flu-like symptoms.
Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/flu/in-depth/flu-shots/art-20048000

At the conclusion of the article, there are more helpful tips to avoid getting the flu.
Does this information help to clear up some of your concern about the cough?

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@rosemarya What I do not understand is, if I have had a flu shot and my husband has not, how could he give me the flu if he got the flu? The shot never covers ever possible mutation of the flu so even getting the shot does not give you 100% protection. I have doctors say that a spouse who has not had the shot does not endanger their spouse. Even so, I did make my husband get it last year, despite his reluctance to do so, and hopefully I will be able to again this year. He’s one of those people who thinks when he gets the shot he gets the flu afterward! 🥺.
He is 84 now so he should get it simply because it’s worse when you are older, even when you are young and amazingly healthy for your age. He jokes that he married me, younger than he is, so I could take care of him in his old age but he has had to be my caregiver. He is amazing in not having to take any medication except for an occasional ibuprofen when he has a headache. I think his Italian genes beat my Irish genes by a longshot. Hopefully our son and daughter have those genes, not mine.
JK

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@contentandwell – from what I gather, not that you asked me! lol, is that the flu shot will shorten your length of illness and severity. It does not guarantee that it will fend the flu off completely. If by any chance your husband get a slightly different strain than you could catch that. It's much better that everyone get the shot.

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@merpreb

@contentandwell – from what I gather, not that you asked me! lol, is that the flu shot will shorten your length of illness and severity. It does not guarantee that it will fend the flu off completely. If by any chance your husband get a slightly different strain than you could catch that. It's much better that everyone get the shot.

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@merpreb That is my understanding, also. My husband gets the shot each year, even before his kidney transplant. His workplace has a mobile clinic come in and lines up the employees to get their shots. [They also have quite a program for employee health there!]
Ginger

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@gingerw

@merpreb That is my understanding, also. My husband gets the shot each year, even before his kidney transplant. His workplace has a mobile clinic come in and lines up the employees to get their shots. [They also have quite a program for employee health there!]
Ginger

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@gingerw. In one of my last jobs they had someone come and administer flu shots to anyone who wanted them too. I’m sure it was simply because they figured it would cut down on people being out of work due to being sick with the flu. I always got one and continued to after working there. My husband is a different story.
JK

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@contentandwell

@gingerw. In one of my last jobs they had someone come and administer flu shots to anyone who wanted them too. I’m sure it was simply because they figured it would cut down on people being out of work due to being sick with the flu. I always got one and continued to after working there. My husband is a different story.
JK

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@contentandwell In my last job, it was always difficult to get out of the courtroom to get a flu shot at the time they had a clinic open. A couple of years they brought over a nurse + nursing students and set up in a jury deliberation room, and had us file through. Worked great. We could call for a 10 minute break, run out, roll up our sleeves, get the shot, and go back in to session ;))
Ginger

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Glad this subject was presented…I am due for mine as well as pneumonia. Checked with my doctor about getting it having just received a diagnosis of bladder cancer (still awaiting reply) I do know the flu shot kicks my butt but better than having the flu. I did learn to not have both pneumonia shots at the same time. Family doctor no longer does this and I am referred to the pharmacy. Less demeaning than seeing the family physician for sure!!
@merpreb I still admire your spunk!!! Still working on mine.

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@parus– Awww. My doctor said to get mine in November before the season begins, but late enough so that it doesn't stop working. When do you get yours?

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@merpreb

@parus– Awww. My doctor said to get mine in November before the season begins, but late enough so that it doesn't stop working. When do you get yours?

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@merpreb Flu season is considered to start October 1. I just read that there have already been deaths from this year’s flu! Being on immunosuppressants I have to be especially careful. When we have flown in October I made sure to get the shot a couple of weeks ahead of that, plus I wore a mask with an anti-viral coating.
Those of us who are post-transplant really do have to be especially careful.
JK

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Jane- I'm glad that you had your shot. Cancer patients must be different

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@merpreb

@parus– Awww. My doctor said to get mine in November before the season begins, but late enough so that it doesn't stop working. When do you get yours?

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I get mine in November too @merpreb. I have always thought that it took a week or so to become effective – then it lasted for a few months. I thought this would protect me in December, January & February when the flu season was at its strongest. This year, one of the nurses told me it would be good to get it earlier… but I didn't get to ask for her rationale. Does anyone know why you would want to get one much earlier than November?

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@debbraw

I get mine in November too @merpreb. I have always thought that it took a week or so to become effective – then it lasted for a few months. I thought this would protect me in December, January & February when the flu season was at its strongest. This year, one of the nurses told me it would be good to get it earlier… but I didn't get to ask for her rationale. Does anyone know why you would want to get one much earlier than November?

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@debbraw. I believe it takes about two weeks for the shot to be fully effective. I get it earlier simply because as I said, flu season is considered to start October 1. I know I am vulnerable due to immunosuppressants, and people can actually die from the flu, so I think for me, it’s be very cautious. I didn’t know that it lasted for such a short length of time.
I actually have not gotten mine yet, I keep forgetting. I wish I had though because I have an appointment at MGH. I will definitely get it on Thursday, or maybe even tomorrow morning before heading to Boston.
JK

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@contentandwell

@debbraw. I believe it takes about two weeks for the shot to be fully effective. I get it earlier simply because as I said, flu season is considered to start October 1. I know I am vulnerable due to immunosuppressants, and people can actually die from the flu, so I think for me, it’s be very cautious. I didn’t know that it lasted for such a short length of time.
I actually have not gotten mine yet, I keep forgetting. I wish I had though because I have an appointment at MGH. I will definitely get it on Thursday, or maybe even tomorrow morning before heading to Boston.
JK

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@contentandwell @debbraw I got mine 9/27, the high dose. Pharmacist told me it would take about 2 weeks for full effectiveness, and it was good to get it earlier this year. This means I should have the flu armor on in time for the flight later this month. And when my chemo starts it should be in full effect also.
Ginger

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