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to get a flu jab with a cold (that's already taken 6 weeks to go)

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zipzap Wed 05-Jan-11 11:19:03

Just wondering really...

I have been wanting to get a flu jab this year having had really nasty 'proper' flu a few years back. Late november I had a cold so didn't get it, thinking I would get it done when I was better.

It's now early Jan and I still haven't shifted the cold - temp has gone but still snotty/sniffly and coughing. DH has had jab in early Nov and has had the same cold I have had for similar 6 weeks now, 2 DSs, both of whom also still have remnants of cold.

We used to have to have flu jabs at school, one year I had a bad cold and they still made me have it (they couldn't be bothered to delay it like they usually did if someone was ill) and I ended up with a really bad bug (albeit I don't think it was actually flu, just a very nasty cold).

I guess the 'don't have a flu jab with a cold' message has stuck because I hadn't even rung up to make an appointment assuming I would be turned down. But as DH pointed out, that was ahem 25 years ago and I should ring up and check if it is still the same these days.

Am I being stupid to go and get a flu jab this afternoon or will it be OK with just the remnants of a cold? Way things are going I could be still waiting for it for another couple of months. The local Boots have appointments for today and then not for another week...

if you've made it this far - thanks, blush didn't realise it was going to be quite so long!

zipzap Wed 05-Jan-11 12:16:38

anyone? I've looked on the other threads I can see on here to see if anyone mentions having a jab while you have a cold but no-one seems to mention it...

KaraStarbuckThrace Wed 05-Jan-11 12:18:57

Check with the nurse, I had a bad cold just before Christmas, told the Nurse today that I was still a bit sniffly and coughing a lot, but she was still okay for me to have it.

zipzap Wed 05-Jan-11 12:48:55

thanks kara - am off to get it now [scaredy cat smiley]

bentneckwine1 Wed 05-Jan-11 15:15:19

I phoned today to ask advice about my flu jab that I was meant to get tomorrow...I have been feeling 'fluey' since the weekend and now have a really chesty cough.

They cancelled my appointment and changed it to next Tue...hopefully I will be better by then.

Typical if I end up with the flu the same week I was to get the jab!

thebonkers Wed 05-Jan-11 15:17:00

I had mine today and although I am sniffly with a chesty cough they were fine for me to have it -providing no infection/temperature.....

orangina Wed 05-Jan-11 15:33:13

Just took ds to have his flu jab, and wanted dd to have hers too.... she wouldn't give dd a jab as she had a slight temperature. So have booked for next week for dd...

if you don't have a temperature, you shuld be ok for a flu jab....

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