Flu jab - Yes or No
Hi everyone !
I've read different views on here in the past of having a flu jab.
I've been wondering about the current flu situation and whether I should have the flu and pneumonia jabs. I haven't in the past.
Any advice appreciated!
P.S I have lupus and Hughes. On warfarin.
I would tell you yes. ( I current have flu. ) APSnot fab can advise best.
I would say perhaps no to pneumonia shot from what I recently learned from Gina on forum, from her doctor.
I posted maybe three days ago and got a lot of great info, which I’ve just mentioned.
I’d get the jab had I to to it over again. I’m still in the throes of it. By the time the 6 hours is approaching for next dose of paracetamol, I’m st 101- 102 fever again. ( 39? )
Be aware it takes two weeks for full effect.
Thanks for your reply and all the info. Hope you feel better soon!
Yes and Yes. Annual flu jabs & pneumovax. As always, ask your specialist.
Ah. Yes to pneumonia also? Ok - ( I will ask my my doc as I know it’s always a patient by patient decision.)
It depends on ur condition and what drugs u are on or age etc as to whether u are eligible for the pneumonia vaccine. It’s just a one off injection not a yearly one. U can have it if u are immunosuppressed.
It’s worth having as if u catch pneumonia u can become very unwell as with flu. But it’s each patients choice u don’t have to have any it’s ur decision
I would say yes unless you have been specifically advised against for any reason - i.e. are you allergic to eggs? My understanding is that Lupus is not a barrier to having it and APS is not either.
I would say yes, certainly in respect of the flu jab. I have had this for the past 3 years. I haven't been offered the pneumonia jab, perhaps because I'm relatively young.
I look at it this way - I might conceivably get some sort of reaction to the jab but it won't kill me; flu could.
Anyone who is vulnerable ie on immunosuppressants, corticosteroids, should have both the flu jab & pneumovax (every 5 years).
You cannot get the flu from the vaccine & you can die from the flu!
The pneumonia vaccine is only given again if u have no spleen otherwise it’s a one off vaccine.
Do we have to pay for the flu jab? I'm fine about paying if we do. Just wondered though. I will go up tomorrow to sort out getting it done.
I have the flu jab from my GP free of charge due to having APS. It’s a long term condition that can be affected adversely were you to catch flu so you shouldn’t have to pay.
I have both-Pneumonia is 5 yearly not every year. Be aware that (here at least) there were 2 flux-one was trivalent and on quadrivalent. The first came out relatively early and Pharmacies were seeking them but we were advised to get the later 4 strain as it gave better cover.
I have had 2 pneumonia shots several years apart. The last one was for multiple strains. Before getting them, I was getting very severe bronchitis frequently. Since getting the shots, I have not gotten bronchitis. BUT my APS is not nearly as bad as many people on here, so check with your doctor.
I know many flu jabs in the past used to contain mercury which put a hell of a lot of people off, understandably. This year’s flu jab contains no mercury. I had it as I’m pregnant but would have thought twice had it still contained mercury!
Definitely have the jab although it is late in the season. However if you have pneumovax then keep a record of the date and ask for a note to be made in your health records or letter to your physician. This us because pneumovax is a once a lifetime dose.
I was given it twiceas my new GP wouldn't take my word for it and was very ill after the second dose. That was when I found out that the immunisation is once only.
Current flu jab contains a for of the aggressive strain going around this year but is aggressive boutique 80% effective as there has been a slight mutation from last year.
It will have a short term effect on your inr so tell the clinic when you have it.
Hope this helps.
Pneumovax is usually for life, UNLESS on immunosuppressants, in which case it is every 5 years.
Thank you to you all for your informative comments. I am having my jab done tomorrow.
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