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Flu jab

I've not had a flu jab for the last 11 years! I was asked what date I had it! And to let them know! I'm on warfarin for a PE and blood clot in my right leg, should I have it? Any advice please.

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If you are in an at risk group (over 60 or others) then the recommendation is yes. Your PE and DVT is not relevant

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Thanks

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Had mine Friday.

I have had flu jabs for years and have been on Warfarin for years.

Pete

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I've always had flu jab when I was on Warfarin for years, and still do now on Apixaban. Having mine on Saturday, hopefully after I've got over the heavy cold I have!

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YES.

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They send me a letter advising me to have a flu jab! I had mine on Friday, it was my first one.

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Was it your first one for a few years or ever? Do we think it's more important with a PE or blood clot or same as usual please.

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First one ever.

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Do you think you were advised because of having clots? Or don't you have them? Thanks so much x

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If you get flu you are possibly going to get a cough and maybe a bacterial chest infection on top of the virus causing flu. If you have already had a PE you are best avoiding other issues with your chest so have the flu jab to protect yourself. I've had them for years due to my job and have continued to have them since retiring and now being on warfarin.

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Why would you not have it? What are your concerns?

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Interesting as I too have never had the flu jab. I guess for me it's the fear of getting ill from the jab many do whether that's coincidence or not. Also they can only give you a flu jab for one strain often this is not the strain that is out there. I have never had the jab thinking about it this year as currently have chest infection. A very individual choice. I have had the flu once in my life and can honestly say I wanted to die I have never felt so I'll. Certainly unlike many who professafter three days that they have had the flu and return to work I was off for three weeks. If I didn't have at I would not consider it. I work in a school so hoping my immune system is doing it's best. Chris

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The flu jab is different each year to take into account the prevalent strains, well that's my understanding. I have never felt unwell after it

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The injected flu vaccine given to adults contains inactivated flu viruses, so it can't give you flu.

Your arm may feel a bit sore where you were injected, and some people get a slight temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards. Other reactions are very rare.

The Flu Is Contagious. Most healthy adults may be able to infect other people beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and working in a school is an environment where this can happen.

If you have any lung related complaint then it is necessary to seriously consider the risks, to yourself and others, if you do not have the flu injection. Ask you G.P.

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Had my flu jab last week, no probs to date.

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True flu can be very dangerous. It can take weeks to get better. Anything which raises the inflammatary level in your body should be avoided when you have A fib, so in my opinion all us Afibbers should have a jab.

Like one of the previous comments said, why risk compromising your lungs after what they have been through with your PE?

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Guys what is PE acronyms are not always helpful. Can't think what this stands for.

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Pulmonary embolism

Clot on the lung

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I have just had my flu jab I am on Apixaban. Yes definitely have it ..didn't bleed at all.

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I'm on Apixaban / bisiprilol for AF. I have the flu jab every year and no problems, but this year I delayed! I got the reminder a month ago! Now I'm suffering my worst cold ever... Coughing, sore throat, migraine etc... I'm not sure if it could be the flu? My chest has become inflamed and now I have to try to get appt at doctors who will be overloaded with seasonal patients who did not get their flu jab in time

I wish I had responded to the flu jab reminder instantly

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Thanks everyone think when I think about the PE on my lung, I've decided to get one, thanks

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Makes sense. Anything you can do to reduce your risk of infection is a good thing!

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The evidence is clear, flu jabs do prevent the flu. They don't give you the flu as it is not a live vaccine. Unless you are allergic to eggs, you should have one. I had mine on Saturday. I have had one for the last few years and it is good preventative medicine. :)

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I have Bronchectasis, Asthma and I have had multiple Pulmonary Embolisms and DVT and an Ischemic Heart condition. I am on Riveroxybahn & Bisoprolol I always have a flu jab, I have already had mine for this year. I think it is essential to protect yourself as much as possible for the winter. It doesn't cover all the flu strains but it does cover the most usual ones. The risk, to my already damaged lungs, is far greater if I didn't have it. if you are concerned then check with your GP. I would not dream of not having a flu jab.

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