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Flu Vaccinations

Postby termietermite » Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:59 pm

Yes, I know I can ask the doc' but somebody might know anyway. Are they safe and/or advisable during chemo or not?

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Re: Flu Vaccinations

Postby pennycsf » Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:02 am

Well, Termie, I don't know either! BUT as you will be at greater risk from infection during your chemo (as goldenoldie comprehensively described), a flu jab may make you less vulnerable to flu but hugely vulnerable to other things whilst recovering from the jab or to a nasty reaction from the jab.

Sorry, I guess it has to be the doc, he or she's the only person to know how your chemo will interact.

And to be safe, NO medicines should be taken during chemo that haven't been run past someone who knows what effect they may have.

Fingers crossed no flu bugs are in the air!!

Penny :)

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Re: Flu Vaccinations

Postby goldenoldie » Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:06 pm

Hi Termie!!!

Re the flu jabs "bin there and done that!" seriously, last year I was not allowed the flu jab and last week when I took my paper to be signed by the doctor, he signed it but ONLY because he knew I was going for my chemo next week and insists I ask the specialist before I go ahead and get it.

Penny is quite right that the little bit of immunity you have can react to the flu jab, so I am afraid its the same old story...ask the Hospital.

PS While you are having ANY treatment by the hospital, you are in their charge for anything concerned with your disease or its treatment, so if you go directly to the Doctor for anything that may affect the chemo etc, then he will send you back to them. In actual fact its far quickly and easier just to ring the Hospital up and ask and they will soon tell you if you should go to the Doctor...AND you have it straight from the horse's mouth, so to speak! :D

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Re: Flu Vaccinations

Postby termietermite » Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:26 pm

I will indeed ask. I have never had any reaction to the jabs in the past but it suddenly occured to me that I might now. My o/h is about to get his (he is in an at risk group) thus my question.

It feels like I'm about to get a cold now anyway so I'm going to dive under the covers shortly.

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Re: Flu Vaccinations

Postby goldenoldie » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:09 am

sorry that you have probably caught a cold..yes the best thing is to rest in bed with it but do NOT take any cold remedies without asking first. If you think you are ill, it is important that you take your temperature regularly -like every three hours and if it rises to more than 38.5 C you must contact your doctor immediately so he can give you a course of anti-biotics that are suitable for chemo patients. (He will know what drugs you are having as he can look them up on your entry on the computer)

As an aside, it makes me laugh (with derision) when the UK get up in arms about computerised medical notes...works wonderfully over here with few hiccups!! ;)

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Re: Flu Vaccinations

Postby termietermite » Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:32 am

Thanks Goldenoldie. I do take your point about the meds but as I'm on (prescribed) Ixprime for the pain in my legs, the paracetamol in it seems to be warding off the cold for the moment (digits firmly crossed). I bought a fancy digital thermometer which I've been using three times a day anyway just to be sure I'm not getting a fever. What's more, I have "in case" antebiotics prescribed by the oncologist and have been advised to start them as soon as I spot a significant rise in temperature (as you describe) then get my gp in the moment she's available. I'm actually astonished (in a good way!) as to how much "in case" medicine I've been given. I guess they think this is better than my taking stuff willy-nilly, given the possible consequences.

I have my next chemo on Monday so I'll ask the oncologist then about flue jabs. No hurry really, I just wondered if its positive side would outweigh any possible side-effects or not. I will report back.

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Re: Flu Vaccinations

Postby termietermite » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:30 pm

My chemo is now tomorrow so I'll ask but the Ovarian Cancer forum experiences and advice suggest that one can safely have the jab, especially if you time it right. Am I allowed to post this link?
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If not, then I'm sure you'll delete it. :)

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Re: Flu Vaccinations and links explanation

Postby pennycsf » Wed Sep 28, 2011 9:38 pm

Hi Termie
Yep, as you guessed, I have deleted the link! We have to be careful with links as these could affect our HonCode status which is important to us. As a result, we ask members to run the link past one of the moderators first and, if suitable, it is then put in the Links Forum with a link through from the original post. Otherwise, we delete the link until someone can look at it. In fact, having looked at the link, I am not sure that it helps the situation, there seems to have been some conflicting advice about flu jabs there too! So DO aks your oncologist for advice before having it :!:

However, the site itself is very useful so I HAVE posted it in the LInks Forum for others to benefit. Thanks for that and do let me know of any other sites which you find useful and could go in with our Links (send me a PM), then I can collate specific cancer sites together. :)

Penny


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