hi can anyone please give me advice , due to have flu jab tomorrow but scared . if this is safe to have. So glad to have you all to ask for help. Thank you
Pmr & flu jab: hi can anyone please give me... - PMRGCAuk
Hi, My rheumatologist told me because of having a compromised immune system that I’d to have one last year, which I did. I had no problems at all and have got one booked for next week.
I had flu jab throughout my years with GCA and Pred with no issues whatsoever.
We have discussed recently, and to be honest this years it’s more important than ever to have the vaccine.
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Hi thank you I have read the attached article and feel much better now. I seem to be so anxious about everything right now . Think it’s because you feel so isolated due to cancelled hospital appointments . Thanks again
Much safer than getting Flu. I am going to have the Pneumonia vaccine as well. I guess that it will be a challenging winter.
My GP suggests I have the flu and pneumonia vaccines at the same time - I wonder if it would be better to put a week or two between them so not too much load at one time - your thoughts on this much appreciated
My instincts say the same although my doctor suggested that it meant only one trip to the surgery ( having them done together). I can imagine feeling under the weather.
There's nothing to be afraid of.
The flu, now there's something to be afraid of.
Get the shot. At most, you'll have a sore arm for a couple of days, maybe a low-grade fever and mild headache. That's normal.
Take it easy for a couple of days. It will be fine.
Had my flu shot a week ago and no problem but a sore arm for a few hours. You will be much better protected with the shot!
As all the other replies, have mine booked for next Saturday. More important than ever.
Well I had my jab yesterday. I have one every year. So far so good.
According to my rheumatologist it's perfectly OK to have the flu job and even the pneumonia vaccination while you're on prednisone.
I had my first ever flu jab on Wednesday when I was having bloods taken the GP walked in and asked if she should do it whilst I’m sitting there!! She knows I have always refused it before ( now 73).
I have been fine apart from an aching arm. Feel so pleased I’ve had it done this time as I think we need all the help we can get. I did however make sure it wasn’t a live vaccine. Bite the bullet.
I have respiratory problems anyway but still have the flu jab without any additional problems.
I have been my husband's carer for many years and had to have one to safe guard him. Have had them ever since and would want one anyway in this current situation.
I’ve had flu jab for years, problems x
Thanks for reminding me! I have the jab every year. I had several terrible bouts of flu in earlier years which were not ''trivial'' and which left me with some long-lasting after effects. I also had the pneumonia jab a couple of years ago. This is a once in a lifetime treatment so even better.
My GP assured me there’s no problem
Just wondering if there’s anyone on here who feels slightly apprehensive about having a flu jab for various reasons - and won’t be having one? Just curious .....
I dont have it. Never have never will. I build my own immune system through seasonal diet, qi gong, herbs and use alternative medicine.
Yes me too. Even as a child I had an aversion to taking any medicines and it’s stayed with me throughout my life. I’ve always tried to do the best for my immune system through diet etc. - and I do tai chi!
Alternative remedies are very laudable. But you must have polymyalgia or GCA or you would not be here, so presumably they are not enough.
They have supported me to deal with side effects of medications. Very very well and with great results. Thanks purple owl.
Very commendable. Good general health is important, especially when something goes wrong. But viruses don't care.
And obviously, if you have PMR/GCA, which are autoimmune conditions, you've got a compromised immune system.
Husband and I don't have it. Pmr came on after the shingles jab. We also knew 2 people locally who were paralysed after flu jab. One eventually recovered and the other didn't. We rely on good diet to build up the immune system. My husband swears the body's natural defence is enough and doesn't believe in jabs or pills (he has difficulty knowing I'm on steroids). Loads of people have the jab successfully so it's personal choice. He is lucky and is amazingly strong for his age. Can't appreciate we are all different.
I agree with you Diana - lots of people can have the jab successfully, but it’s a known fact that some vaccines can give an adverse reaction years after having it, and sometimes it can be serious. I agree with your husband - try to build up your immune system naturally and keep away from the chemical filled pills if possible!
Hi All . Just had my flu jab Thanks for all your replies and advice. Saw my gp there he said it is vital to have it done.
Good Morning, I had 'flu shot and pneumonia booster a week ago. No repercussions at all.
You all seem to be getting them early; my appointment is not until October 23rd. I'm more worried about going to the surgery and too many people being in a small space. I'm wondering whether to pay to get one at the pharmacy for speed as well as safety.
Hi they did mine in the car park outside the surgery. It was really well organised. Everyone just queued up with social distancing.
I doubt they will have a crowded waiting room at the practice.
Not sure. I had a blood test appointment ten days ago and had to wait twenty minutes with four others in a very small waiting room. Two of them were wearing masks on their chins; this does make me uneasy.
You can ask for one at the pharmacy for free if you are over 50 this year.
Am having mine done at the local pharmacist next Thursday. My third since PMR - no problems so far. Is the pneumonia jab really a one off? I had mine ten or twelve years ago and am concerned I should perhaps have another.
My doctor told me last year that the two shots for the pneumonia prevention was a lifetime treatment. When I had my second dose the pharmacist told me no, there would be a booster every five years as follow up.. so who’s to know?
It depends which pneumonia vaccine is used and your personal situation. In the UK, over 65s usually only get a single shot.
In some cases patients may be given both forms of vaccine: first, the PCV13 shot and then the PPSV23 shot a year or more later. For most people, one of each shot should be enough to protect them for their entire lives. Sometimes, you may need a booster shot. Ask your doctor whether you should get one.
Lots more detail here (aimed at healthcare professionals so not as easy a read as the NHS one):
Having the PPSV23 shot a year after the PCV13 shot isn't a "booster" and small children get boosters because the vaccine doesn't develop immunity as well in babies. Immunocompromised adults MAY need boosters but most of us don't.
Hi there, I just had mine this morning at a drop-in flu clinic at my surgery. Everyone wore masks and the queue was kept 2m apart. Good job it wasn't raining as the queue went right round the car park. Wait was only 20mins. I have had flu jabs for 3 yrs now with no ill effects.
Had mine this morning....door open, walked in , doctor waiting to give it to me and off I went.....feeling nothing then or now....I dare not refuse it.......had flu at 40years old....so ill for weeks...horrendous.......and in my teens there was Hongkong flu about, several local people died.....so prevention is better than cure.....if there is one....
I only have the under 65 flu jab without the adjuvant which boosts the immune system which is in the over 75 vaccine.
I had it last year and am waiting to have it again this year.
I am 78 but cannot see the point in having something that boosts my immunity when I take Prednisolone to lower it!
When you are on medication to calm the immune system down then you really need the one with adjuvant even more - it doesn't boost the immune system generally, it helps a specific bit produce the antibodies to the flu virus. The immune system doesn't work as well in older patients anyway - and that is why they use the adjuvant. The alternative would be a lot more of the vaccine to get the same effect.
I wait to have my flu vaccination until early - mid October so I will have a higher level of immunity for the winter months and the peak flu season.
Nothing to be scared about - be more worried if you don’t with what’s going around. I recently had the pneumonia jab too with no problems whatsoever. Flu jab next week.