I'm 10+2 today and went for my flu jab this morning. All fine, didn't hurt and carried on as normal. Fast forward 6 hours and I feel awful, beyond the usual morning sickness and pregnancy symptoms I'm used to. I haven't got a fever but I'm exhausted, achey and just feeling really under the weather. Has anyone else experienced this as a reaction to the vaccine, or am I just coming down with something else?
I was worried about having the flu jab, as I didn't want the flu and was made aware it wasn't a live jab, so there isn't a virus to catch from it. As PP said it's likely you would have been coming down with something anyway, just coincidence x
The flu jab itself cannot make you ill, its not a live virus that they inject. Unfortunately there are a lot of bugs going around at the minute and it may just be a coincidence that you are coming down with one. Either that or it may be just be your immune system responding to having had the jab but I would just take some paracetamol as it will bring your temperature back to normal and stop the fever. I had mine done when I was about 6 weeks pregnant and had no symptoms but everyone is different how they respond to the flu jab.
It annoys me so much when people say "you dont get ill from the jab because its not live". Totally agree its not live but i've had a flu jab every single year since i was 6 and i actually had 2 flu jabs this pregnancy (first time they accidentally did the flu instead of anti d and then the second time was routine - i didnt think you could have two but apparently you can). Every single time since i was 6 i have become poorly the night of the jab/day after for at least a week and a half. When i was 9, i actually got taken to hospital because i was so weak and poorly from the jab that i fainted, they thought originally i was allergic to something in the jab or maybe the jab itself but i wasnt. Every single doctor i saw whilst staying in for a week, said that although its not a live jab, it can still make your immune system lower and can make you feel under the weather. Even now when i have the jab, the nurses say "this jab can make you feel a bit ill so rest and take paracetamols". It's not as bad as what i get when i have the jab, but my brother, my nan and my grandad get ill after having the jab and when we were in school having the flu jab, both my best friends & boyfriend were ill after the injection. So for those who are gunna say its just me, it definitely isnt. It isnt a live jab, but it can definitely make some people feel poorly. Its totally normal dont worry x
I'm 38 + 3 and I had the flu jab earlier in my pregnancy as I work with children. Turns out the flu jab only covers what they GUESS will be this year's flu strain, and I still ended up getting flu I thought I was immune and was pretty surprised when I got poorly... no one told me the jab wasn't always 100% - I assumed it was like a vaccine, but evidently not...just to warn people not to rely on it!
I work in the NHS with vulnerable people so have my flu jab every year, I always feel like crap afterwards! Having said that the NHS still advises you to have it in pregnancy as there's no known risk of having it but if you were to catch flu that could be fatal so definitely better safe than sorry xx
Thanks all. Fil is a doctor and has said it is perfectly normal to feel under the weather after a flu jab. Although the virus isn't live your body obviously still has the immune response which is what makes you feel pants. So I guess at least my body is doing what it should be! Taken some paracetamol and am now snuggled on the sofa feeling a teeny bit better. 😊