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Flu jab & poorly child

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shhhgobacktosleep Tue 02-Oct-12 15:37:34

Ds (aged 7) is booked in for his flu jab on Saturday morning (he has severe asthma). He's had a chesty cough for almost 2 weeks now which in itself has not overly worried us as this is quite common for him when the weather becomes colder and damp. However, last night he developed a high fever and although ibuprofen is helping he is still very hot to touch and flushed yet pale at the same time (he is naturally very dark skinned).

My question is, is it still advisable for him to have flu jab as planned? I vaguely remember that a fever can mean some immunisations should not be given but don't know if this applies to flu jabs or indeed the time frame.

MousyMouse Tue 02-Oct-12 15:39:54

if he is poorly he shouldn't be vaccinated.
but if he is well otherwise, just with a cough or runny nose it should be fine.
but better ask whoever gives the jab.

dikkertjedap Tue 02-Oct-12 16:39:35

Best to postpone the vaccination.

If he is already fighting an infection he will not be able to build up a good immunity response to the vaccination. Nowadays, the advice is that even with a common cold it is better to postpone vaccination as the vaccination will be less effective.

Hope he gets better soon, there is all kind of nasty stuff going round at the begin of the school year.

shhhgobacktosleep Tue 02-Oct-12 18:43:58

Thanks for your advice. I think because of his fever I'll call and rearrange it in the morning.

shhhgobacktosleep Wed 03-Oct-12 10:44:17

Called GP this morning who have advised that we reschedule because of his fever. Thank you for your help.

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