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Question about Father's Cold/Cough and Flu Vaccine

Hello,

Thank you for your time!

My father is 81 years old and lives alone in India. Early this week, he mostly recovered (there was still some residual cold/cough) from a cold/cough viral infection that lasted about a 1 1/2 months. He always sees his pulmonalogist when he has cough/cold and his medications were a mix of an antibiotic, anti-histamine and cough syrup.

On Tuesday, he was given the flu shot. Since yesterday evening, he has been having moderate cold, cough and his voice is somewhat cracked. He is able to do his daily activities. He is currently taking an anti-histamine tablet and cough syrup that was prescribed by his pulmonalogist for another week on Tuesday. He has contacted his pulmonalogist about his new symptoms.

I wanted to ask if anyone here has experienced something similar? Are the new symptoms my father is having since yesterday a recurrence of the viral infection or maybe a reaction to the flu vaccine ?

I would be grateful for your answers.

Thank you,
Zent
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Hello Zent. I'm sorry but there is no way of knowing if he is symptomatic from a lingering virus, new virus, or is just feeling bad from his flu shot. Some people report having mild reactions to flu vaccination. The most common side effects from flu shots are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur but usually only last a couple of days.

Due to your father's age and the fact that he is being treated by a pulmonologist, that would be the best person to properly diagnose him. In the meantime, please make sure he is getting plenty of fluids and rest. I hope he feels better soon. Take care.
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Hello  uomeasmile ,

Thank you for the answer!!

Regards
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