Aa
A
A
Close
1225178 tn?1318984204
Flu shot during tx
I'm seeing a lot of advertisements about getting flu shots these days. Is it advised that we get them while on tx? I've never had one before, but then again, I've never been on tx before either.

Diane
Cancel
17 Answers
Page 1 of 1
179856 tn?1333550962
YES definitely and positively get the flu shot (and get it every year from now on you have a chronic life long type condition (disease) and should always get it).  Not only did the doctor completely advise it - I happened to realize how horrible it would really be to get the flu while on treatment (the real flu - nothing worse in the world makes our sides look like childs play).

Definitely get it I get one every year now.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Hi I am on treatment week 55 and got my flu shots last year at my Hep doctors office, so I think there is no problem there. Good luck on your treatment.

Sonia
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Yes, I highly recommend it along with hep A&B shots if you haven`t gotten them yet. I also got a pneumonia shot . The tx will give you flu-like symptoms, so go ahead & get your shots. I was also told to take my injections at 8pm so I could sleep through the symptoms. Good luck on your tx & May God Bless.   P.S. Drink plenty of water.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
476246 tn?1418874514
I never got a flu shot and never will. Well, they say never say never, but really, I'm quite certain I never will.

As to the A&B shots, that's something else. They are important.

Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
1385752 tn?1283954123
x2 - no flu shot for me either
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
HIi Diane-
I had a flu shot last year during my treatment. My doctor saw no reason why I should avoid the immunization. It did not effect my treatment in any way. My labs all stayed  the same and I remained UND througout.
Although these antiviral meds really reduce your chances of getting sick  (I had no colds throughout my 72 week period), I personally would go ahead and get the shot anyway.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
My hepa was completely indifferent to whether I took the flu shot or not.

Since I don't know a single doc who takes it himself and I've rarely taken it, I opted to not take it during tx. ( I took it for a couple of years when I was very busy and couldn't afford the chance of getting sick but that's it.)

One of my sons tended to get asthma when he got sick, so he'd take the flu shot. My other son never has.

The things to watch out for during treatment are bacterial infections.

I just didn't consider my health compromised during tx because I was so ramped up with anti-virals.

I'm not for or against the flu shot - I simply prefer not to take it but if my health were compromised, I probably would.

Susan
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
This is completely NON-scientific...I've taken the flu shot every year for at least 10-15 years and almost every year I get really sick for like 2-4 weeks with flu.  Last year was the first year in a long time that I didn't take it.  Got sick once for a few days.  So I am skipping it again.  
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
148588 tn?1465782409
Didn't bother with a flu shot the winter I txd and the year after but always have before and after. No bad reactions or flu either way. Don't see how it could hurt to have the extra antibodies, but any flu virus that could survive that much IFN exposure would have to be HepCzilla.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
1148619 tn?1332014584
I have never gotton a flu shot but have had A and B hep shots after I was dx with hep C. Not sure what i would do once I start tx. Most likely would not do a flu shot. Nice to see you on here, hope you are getting through tx ok. When will you be done?
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
1372757 tn?1305920171
I asked my study Dr yesterday can I get a flu shot? His response follows.

Yes, you can definitely get a flu shot


Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
1118724 tn?1357014191
Just got a pneumonia shot. It was the worse day on treatment and it had nothing to do with treatment. Otherwise what CoStudy said.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
CoStudy, did your doc say, "Yes, you can definitely get a flu shot" or "Yes, you SHOULD definitely get a flu shot ."

My hepa said I MUST get the HBV and HAV vaccines but didn't suggest the flu shot.



Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
"My hepa said I MUST get the HBV and HAV vaccines but didn't suggest the flu shot."

My Doc said the same thing. My treating doctor said that during txt bacterial infections could possibly be an issue with low anc, but I should have strong resistance to viral infections because of the interferon.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
1372757 tn?1305920171
I asked for a claification and they do get a flu shot.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
419309 tn?1326506891
My husband's hep doc insists he gets one every year, on or off treatment.  He also had a pneumonia shot during treatment last year as recommended.  My understanding is that flu and pneumonia shots are advised for patients who have 'chronic disease', and hep c definitely falls into that category.  ~eureka
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
1225178 tn?1318984204
Thanks for all of the advice.

Diane
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Recent Activity
317787 tn?1467375233
Blank
Dee1956 commented on Cindy's status
8 hrs ago
317787 tn?1467375233
Blank
Dee1956 commented on specialmom's status
8 hrs ago
317787 tn?1467375233
Blank
Dee1956 commented on HectorSF's status
9 hrs ago
Blank
Weight Tracker
Track your weight over time
Start Tracking Now
Top Hepatitis Answerers
Avatar universal
Blank
163305 tn?1333672171
Blank
Rural Mural, CA
317787 tn?1467375233
Blank
DC
446474 tn?1446351282
Blank
San Francisco, CA
408795 tn?1324939275
Blank
Sacramento
1747881 tn?1358189534
Blank
Greeley, CO
Hepatitis C Community Resources