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Flu jab

Beetroot

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Aug 19, 2015
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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?
 

fizzie

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Jul 20, 2011
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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 :)
 

Beetroot

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Aug 19, 2015
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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;)
 

Canadian Joanne

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Apr 8, 2005
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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.
 

fizzie

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

Raggedrobin

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Jan 20, 2014
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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.
 

Saffie

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Mar 26, 2011
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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.
 

Canadian Joanne

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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.
 

NeonPink

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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
 

lin1

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Jan 14, 2010
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East Kent
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
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 .
 

nae sporran

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Oct 29, 2014
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Bristol
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.
 
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Oxy

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

NeonPink

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Nov 7, 2015
10
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 .


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!
 

marionq

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Apr 24, 2013
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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.