Last reply 1 week ago
Flu jab 2019

Hi all 👋🏻 having my first flu jab this morning. It’s also the first vaccine I’ll have since my diagnosis which begs the question:
How might this jab affect me in terms of MS? Am I likely to experience a little bout of symptoms? It would be useful to know and save me panicking 😂

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somehills
1 week ago

I’ve never quite got my head around this (but I’m not a Doctor!!). My wife has had the jab for years and feels grotty for around 24 hours, usually kicking in after a day. Essentially, the same as everyone else!


look
1 week ago

Hi @keepsmylin99,
Don’t worry to much about it – I have had Ms for 22 years and only started getting the flu vaccine (previously avoiding it through being blasé about the flu vaccine) about 4 years ago, I’ve not had any side effects nor symptoms of mild flu after it and I believe it’s a good idea to get it.
Best of luck
Loo⭐️


keepsmyelin99
1 week ago

Thanks @somehills and @look ☺️
Suppose I can expect to be like the rest of my family – a bit sniffly and tired for a few days but then back to normal 😁


shelley44
1 week ago

Hi @keepsmyelin99
I was only diagnosed with Ms last year but have been getting flu jab about 10 years as I use to work as a carer for the elderly I’ve never had anything from it then last year I had to get the pneumonia one along side the flu one which was also fine . It didnt effect my Ms either ..hope your jab didnt cause anything 😊


leogirl
1 week ago

Hi @keepsmyelin99 I had mine on Monday. I have been getting it since I was diagnosed 24 years ago. I just feel a little more tired after it so I take it easy for the rest of the day and I am fine the next day. It does take about two weeks to kick in so I try and avoid being around anyone who has a cold/flu symptoms until then. It is well worth getting it as I used to get the flu every year before I started getting it.😀 Good luck with it. Ann Marie


amym
1 week ago

I think everyone has different opinions about the jab, MS or no MS. We are due to have a terrible flu year (following the pattern in Australia 6 months ago).

It’s never made me ill. My son gets it because he’s 4 and I also make my husband have it to protect me. My most sensible very senior medic friend would always say get it.

You can still get ill even if you have it, and lots of people equate it with the jab. I just know I don’t want to have full on flu!


keepsmyelin99
1 week ago

Thanks @shelley44 @leogirl @amym ☺️

Just had it and feel fine. I spoke to the doctor whilst there and she said if I did experience a reawakening of previous MS symptoms to just let the MS Nurses know. As for the jab, needles have never phased me and I’ve always been quite keen to get it – I could just never get an appointment before but now I’m classed as a priority for the jab because of MS 😁


amym
1 week ago

Glad it went well. Your MS nurse will help if you feel a bit poorly. Mine explained to me that fighting any infection can exacerbate symptoms. Take care.


shelley44
1 week ago

@keepsmylein99 .glad it went well and your ok after it .I must book mine in Monday 😊


potter
1 week ago

My neuro has me call and ask before I get any kind of shot. When I turned 65 I got a super flu shot and a pneumonia shot then I had a relapse. My neuro said that neither one of them should have caused it. I got the regular flu shot last year, I have been getting them for 30 years. I didn’t have any problems with it, the pneumonia shot was probably the problem. My neuro told me to not take a super flu shot or pneumonia shot again. Potter


keepsmyelin99
1 week ago

Thanks @amym and @shelley44 – hope you get your jabs booked in and they go well 😊

Oh wow @potter that’s really unfortunate! It’s good that you now know a pneumonia shot might just be a little too much for your system to cope with but that must have been distressing to have a relapse after doing all you can to protect your health.


dominics
1 week ago

Had MS 26 years now. Had a flu jab for every one of them.

My only advice is not to have it straight from the fridge. I am a complete coward when it comes to unneccessary pain.

I insist they give me the jab and I pop it under my arm near the pit and it comes to body temp in no time.

Bingo.

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