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Anyone here felt poorly after their flu jab?

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elderberryspokes Fri 07-Dec-12 10:02:09

I am 7 weeks pregnant and had my flu jab a couple of days ago, just after a blood test (not sure if that is relevant but including the detail just in case). Until then I had spent 2 weeks coping pretty well with 'morning' sickness - i.e. stoically sitting at my desk and doing my secretarial thing. Now I feel like I have been hit by a freight train! I'm achey and dizzy and feverish and have gone right off my food, which is not particularly helpful, as eating small amounts constantly has been my way of combating nausea.

Today, to my annoyance and embarrassment, I am laid in bed when I should be at the office Christmas party (an all day thing), gazing wretchedly at my party dress, which is hanging on the back of the wardrobe.

Thus concludes my tale of woe.

I wondered if this is normal, or if I have just had a particularly bad reaction to the jab?

milkyjo Fri 07-Dec-12 10:21:28

These are normal side effects of the jab, some people experience them more than others. They should have explained this to you before they gave it. Did you get a information leaflet or anything? Take your temperature and if you are high have some paracetamol. Even if you have not go a temperature take some paracetamol anyway to help with the aching. Keep an eye on your symptoms, if they stay the same or get worse over a few days, book an appointment with your GP. Keep drinking water, sips if that helps. Or ice lollies might help to keep you hydrated and stave off that nausea, and bring down your temperature for that matter! And yes stay in bed - and put your party dress back in the wardrobe out of the way.

smiler389 Fri 07-Dec-12 10:36:13

I too feel more poorly after flu jab on Wednesday. Milkyjo's advice sounds good although I thought we weren't supposed to take paraceteomol. hmmm. I'm on sofa today so know how you feel.;-)

elderberryspokes Fri 07-Dec-12 11:36:35

Glad it's not just me - I thought she had injected me with plague by mistake!

Midwife did not warn me of the side effects, although she might have been slightly preoccupied by my apparently lackluster veins ... blood test was a bit grisly grin Otherwise she is incredibly thorough so it must have been that.

Smiler389, I was told that paracetamol is the only thing you can take. Ibuprofen and asprin are the ones you shouldn't take.

(Dress is back in the wardrobe where it can't taunt me)

StuckOnTopOfTheChristmasTree Fri 07-Dec-12 13:28:29

Do you know what - I had mine on Tuesday and thought the only symptom was a slightly sore arm, but I've just realised my morning sickness came back with a vengeance on Wednesday after having been gone for about 5/6 days. I'm at 13 weeks so I thought it was just a blip and that morning sickness wouldn't disappear immediately after 12/13 weeks - but I wonder if I was a bit off colour because of the jab. Feeling much better yesterday and today though...
Hope you feel better soon... Maybe if you do feel better this afternoon you could pop by just for 30 mins or something and be a little festive?

mindalina Fri 07-Dec-12 14:10:27

Yes! I had flu & whooping cough vaccines yesterday and today I feel AWFUL, all I want to do is cry/sleep/pass out. Feeling very sorry for myself at work, counting down the minutes until I can go home and crawl into bed. Bad time to get ill, I need to buy a Christmas tree tomorrow! Presumably if it's just side-effects from the jab it won't last very long? (she says hopefully)

forgetmenots Fri 07-Dec-12 15:02:35

Had mine this morning and feel okay - but have already had a three hour nap and want another...

elderberryspokes Sat 08-Dec-12 09:35:49

Well, I still feel ill, so am beginning to suspect one of two things:

(1) I've picked up a separate bug from someone in the office - there is so much going around at the moment, I'm tempted to start daubing bubonic-style red crosses on office doors.

(2) My morning sickness is picking up speed and this is how I am going to feel for the next month or so sad

Nausea is constant now and I feel too full to eat more than a few bites at a time, and I've got a weird clenched feeling high in my stomach which is completely different from the normal, mild period cramps I've been getting since before I got my BFP. Still tired and achy ... unless I have a miraculous recovery in the next hour, something tells me this morning's driving lesson will not be going very well!

Sorry for the whinge (which came complete with weeping in the bath and into my poor husbands chest).

I also have a baby, which is wonderful and amazing smile

Little bugger ;)

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