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Flu jab - does it knock you out for a few days?

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supersupersupershock Thu 18-Dec-14 09:18:16

MW recommended get flu jab. I am sure I have heard it makes you ill for few days so am thinking how to time it!

NaiceNickname Thu 18-Dec-14 09:32:35

It's not a live virus, any illness after it is purely coincidental smile your arm may ache but thats about it.

WingsClipped Thu 18-Dec-14 09:33:23

I just had a bit of a sore arm for a day afterwards. No illness luckily

GingerbreadPudding Thu 18-Dec-14 09:33:25

Didn't affect me at all. Bit of a sore arm but nothing awful. Just had whooping cough jab and effects were exactly the same - sore arm, but everything else fine.

ProbablyMe Thu 18-Dec-14 09:34:15

I was fine, just a slightly sore arm although this years didn't make it as sore as last years.

Alyx80 Thu 18-Dec-14 09:37:55

I was fine too, just felt like a bruise on my arm for a few days

juneavrile Thu 18-Dec-14 09:43:33

Totally fine other than tiny ache in arm, which only lasted same evening

JennyBlueWren Thu 18-Dec-14 09:46:15

No problem at all with the flu jab but I think the whooping cough may have affected me -6 days later and arm is still sore and I'm really run down.

ChocolateBiscuitCake Thu 18-Dec-14 12:35:55

I felt terrible for 48 hours after - mostly headache/migraine but bed ridden.

m33r Thu 18-Dec-14 12:37:54

totally fine for me too.

smokedgarlic Thu 18-Dec-14 12:38:03

Just an achy arm nothing else

applecore0317 Thu 18-Dec-14 13:41:28

yep I was also fine, just a sore arm. The nurse said it's rubbish about feeling ill afterwards, and if you aren't well then it's due to something already in your system and not the jab, also the flu jab doesn't protect you straight away, it can take a couple of weeks to kick in, so you can still catch flu during that time

Kundry Thu 18-Dec-14 13:42:56

Didn't even notice this year's one, not even a sore arm. It cannot give you flu so any flu-like illness at the same time is a coincidence.

MuddyWellyNelly Thu 18-Dec-14 17:06:18

Not a live virus, yet I was told I couldn't have it as I have a cold (Different virus). I'm not sure why, the nurse muttered something about first time, pregnant, the jab could make it all worse.

MsDeedles Thu 18-Dec-14 17:37:26

Sore arm is only here too. As others have said, it's not a live vax, so you can still contract the strains of flu it is meant to prevent for up to two weeks until full immunity is achieved. Some people do have an abnormal reaction and can feel achey and sore for a few days, com monkish side effect. It doesn't make you sick though.

purplefeathers Thu 18-Dec-14 17:46:20

Nothing but a sore arm here either.

supersupersupershock Thu 18-Dec-14 18:53:13

Guess I better get it booked then sad

bubalou Thu 18-Dec-14 19:41:43

Super you don't have to have it - it's your choice hun.

Obviously if it's for medical reasons your mw has recommended it then that's different but it's your decision.

I'm not having the flu or whooping cough jabs.

I'm not a hippy, I have a good immune system and don't believe inputting things into my body it doesn't need - if I catch flu I will fight it.

Please don't people now comment on my decision - I have made my mind up with a lot of research plus speaking to a lot of medical professionals due to having a doctor and a nurse in the family.


houseofstark Thu 18-Dec-14 19:45:04

Only a sore arm here too.

jaggythistle Thu 18-Dec-14 19:54:26

bubalou i won't comment on your flu jab decision, but the whooping cough one is not for you really, it's intended to offer some protection to newborns until they are old enough to get their own vaccinations.

TarkaTheOtter Thu 18-Dec-14 19:54:50

Of course the midwife is recommending it for medical reasons. What other sort of reasons would she recommend it for? confused I'm guessing she want to help protect the OP from dying from flu.

Ive been getting it for years because of asthma and never felt ill afterwards.

KittyandTeal Thu 18-Dec-14 20:00:11

I was fine and I normally react really badly to jabs.

I was fully prepared to feel rough and cold-y for a few days but nothing. Apart from a surprisingly sore bit of my arm at the injection site which I've not had before, was only sore when I touched it and only lasted a couple of days.

Definitely worth it to avoid flu.

bubalou Thu 18-Dec-14 20:11:01

Ok talks. confused

What I meant was that obviously it is recommended for some people in particular who have extra medical conditions etc.

No need to be snipey.

Also it is unlikely she will 'die from flu' that's a bit extreme.

I m not against people getting it done at all. I completely understand it. My midwife doesn't seem to think I need it but I can have it if I want and I've decided not to.

bubalou Thu 18-Dec-14 20:14:00

Also has nobody come across people who opt not to have it?

On our antenatal thread I asked the question about people having it and was one of many who wasn't having its done.

People shouldn't judge my decision when I'm know alot of people just blindly go and have whatever jabs etc are 'recommended' without doing any research into it.

Caterina99 Thu 18-Dec-14 20:48:36

I've had it for years as I have asthma. I have never had any problems except for a sore arm for a day.

This year I got it when about 7 weeks and the same, just a sore arm.

It's not compulsory but flu can be very dangerous, even to normal healthy people. People do die from it.

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