1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

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  1. Beetroot

    Beetroot Registered User

    Aug 19, 2015
    363
    Mum had a flu jab on Friday - seems definitely more befuddled than usual and not merry at all yesterday and today. I dont' think she has a uti (but will check with the gp tomorrow if she doesn't perk up) but could it be the flu jab? Anyone else found this with their caree?
     
  2. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,739
    Definitely worth checking for a uti but sometimes a cold or flu like symptoms can cause extra confusion - the same as I am under the weather I lose my edge :)
     
  3. patsy56

    patsy56 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2015
    840
    Fife Scotland
    Mater announced she isn't having hers this year (again)
     
  4. Beetroot

    Beetroot Registered User

    Aug 19, 2015
    363
    Mum's certainly worse when she's got a cold. I was in two minds about the flu jab, but I help out for a couple of hours a week at a local school and kids have no idea what basic hygiene is. Although I wash my hands very thoroughly when I get in, I'm a bit nervous about bringing something home to her. I understand carers can have one under the NHS, but I'm not going to. I'm with Patsy's mum on that;)
     
  5. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    16,110
    Toronto, Canada
    I visit my mother in her nursing home and my husband and I have been getting the flu jab (which is free for all here in Ontario) for years now. I wouldn't consider going into a place which has a medically vulnerable population without one.
     
  6. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,739
    I always have my flu jab too - I would feel terrible if someone vulnerable caught something because of me!!!
     
  7. Raggedrobin

    Raggedrobin Registered User

    Jan 20, 2014
    1,431
    They come round Mum's care home and Mum had her jab and she was a bit off the wall for a few days afterwards, so maybe it does affect her. I felt very tired about 24 hours later so who know whether or not the flu jabs affect us. I still always have one though.
     
  8. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,497
    Female
    Near Southampton
    I had a large red area on my arm after my flu jab this year which has taken ages to fade but no pain and no other side effects.
    I always said yes to my husband's flu jab when he was in the nursing home.
     
  9. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    16,110
    Toronto, Canada
    The jab site can swell a little, be a little sore and get red. My main symptom is itchiness - I find myself scratching the spot for a couple of days. I've never had more than that.
     
  10. NeonPink

    NeonPink Registered User

    Nov 7, 2015
    10
    My father had his flu jab and has been fine, no sore arm, cold or anything, my arm hurt for few days and then I got the nasty three week cold doing the rounds, which started in week 1 with migraine ( never had one before) and ended week 3 with cough?!!! Oh well at least neither of us have flu
     
  11. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    9,322
    Female
    East Kent
    I hope your fully better now.
    As a long time Migraine sufferer, I hope you never have another one, coz they really arnt nice at all and that's putting it mildly .
     
  12. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    5,920
    Male
    Bristol
    #12 nae sporran, Dec 18, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015
    OH had her jab in October and did not feel any effects, but a bad cold in September had knocked her sideways. My mum always gets a bad reaction to the flu jab, so I suppose it affects us all differently.

    On the subject of UTIs which Beetroot raised. Does anyone have any tips on how to take a urine sample, always seems to end up on the floor or in the confusion goes down the pan. I am not sure if OH still gets them after doc stopped preventative anti biotics, but we have never managed to take a sample to check if this is the source of her occasional more confused days.
     
  13. Oxy

    Oxy Registered User

    Jul 19, 2014
    957
    Stand them on kylie sheet -catch it in clean small jug and dispose jug afterwards!!!
     
  14. 2jays

    2jays Registered User

    Jun 4, 2010
    11,604
    West Midlands
    Sterilise jug and keep for next time....


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  15. NeonPink

    NeonPink Registered User

    Nov 7, 2015
    10


    I'm better now thanks, so should be full strength for Christmas It was horrible, I've never felt anything like it before. People I work with have tried to describe theirs, but it really opened my eyes. I hope you are migraine free for the future!
     
  16. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,856
    Female
    Scotland
    Flu jab - never again!

    Two weeks ago we both had flu jab. Have been having it for years without a problem. Within the week I was in a bad way with flu especially coughing very painfully. John then collapsed and has spent eight days in hospital and released today. Sepsis and delirium on the discharge sheet with a comment about his chest infection and that I had a bad viral infection.

    I will definitely not get it again as we both paid the price.
     
  17. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    5,920
    Male
    Bristol
    Thanks Oxy and jays, I will try that and see how it goes.
     

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