• Flu Shot

    Asked by KatieMarie on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    Flu Shot

    I'm curious how many of you get your annual flu shot?

    33 Answers from the Community

    33 answers
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar
      AlizaMLS

      I definitely get a flu shot. I'm a BC/Lupus patient,so I'm imunocompromised even though I was exempted from chemo from Oncotype testing. Ten days of 102 deg. fever isn't really worth it. I had the shot last year and was discovered to have the flu anyway while in the hospital for cellulitis. Boy, I'd say that they (literally) had me in Isolation within 3o secs once it was discovered and Tamiflu is a godsend! But I think I had a lighter case than otherwise because of the shot.

      over 5 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller

      Yes, I get the flu shot annually. I have also had the Pneumonia Shot and the Shingles shot. I tend to be preventive in nature. After all, we have all been through enough so why take a chance.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I took my first ever Flu shot during chemo. I will continue to take it as I have a 12 and 13 year old. Even though they are way above average with washing their hands and pretty good about hygeine I don't want ot take the chance. but check with your Onc. before you do anything.

      over 5 years ago
    • Samcharlie's Avatar
      Samcharlie

      I also have the flu shot every year. Last year the doctor also included the shingle shot. It has been determined that I don't need the pneumonia shot. Because I have a weakened immune system, my doctors highly recommended the shots.

      over 5 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar
      SusanK

      I have always gotten a flu shot and continue to do so. However, I got one just prior to being diagnosed, and a year later when the next one was due, my treatment was over. Going through treatment, it would likely be wise to ask your oncologist.

      over 5 years ago
    • marybeth's Avatar
      marybeth

      At my cancer center, they are actually doing a trial and giving away flu shots - you either get the regular one or a super duper one that is normally only given to people over 65. The idea is that cancer patients might need a bigger dose since their immune systems are depressed. You cannot do the live vaccine (nasal) but the shot seems to be ok in most cases.

      over 5 years ago
    • Celticrose23's Avatar
      Celticrose23 (Best Answer!)

      I have never (ever) gotten the flu shot. (onco wasn't happy about that last season, but it was too late to get one when she discovered) I have usually had a good immune system, and I prefer my body to do the job it is meant to do. This flu season will be the first after chemo, I will wait to see how it goes. I just don't like the idea of the virus being "uploaded" into my body.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I do, I'm schedule to get mine the 2nd week of October.

      over 5 years ago
    • MLT's Avatar
      MLT

      My oncologist insisted on the flu shot when I had chemo. I've always had one since I was a teacher. Also, have had the shingles and pneumonia.
      Wishing you the best.
      MLT

      over 5 years ago
    • Luann's Avatar
      Luann

      I do. Even during chemo, my doctor had me get one.

      over 5 years ago
    • tross11's Avatar
      tross11

      My oncologist recommends the flu shot so I get it each year.

      over 5 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      I haven't gotten a flu or any other kind of shots except once.When you do nursing in hospitals you're forced in taken them,but stopped since I stopped working.The one time i was talked into it in 2010???I got sick with the flu.Never again.....It's everybodies choice though to get it or not.I just don't like drugs of any kind.But am forced to take Arimidex for 5 years for cancer and Welchol for my small intestines for the the rest of my life,because of a surgery that went wrong in 1998 and struggle with this everyday in taken them mentally.
      Just to answer your question.Nothing more and nothing less.

      over 5 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar
      Gabba

      I get a flu shot every year...check with your oncologist if you have concerns regarding your immunity status but most will recommend it since it is a "killed virus" and not a live vaccine you are getting in the annual flu shot...good luck and God bless!

      over 5 years ago
    • JudyW's Avatar
      JudyW

      I was in the midst of my chemotherapy during flu season, and my oncologist "strongly recommended" that I have a flu shot. She wanted me to have it, however, at a particular point in time between the treatments. I remember I had about a two-day window in which to get the shot. I have gotten them each year since I completed treatment as well, especially since I work with high school students.

      over 5 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar
      DianaL

      I work in a hospital, corporate offices and we have no option--have to get the flu shot. I am a BC/imunocompromised due to asthma and diabetes type II so I have always gotten the shot. My oncologist made it an issue that I get one before I started chemo last September. I also get the pneumovac every five years. I have not had the shingles vaccination since it was found that the chicken pox virus has caused viral meningitis twice so do not know which is worse the horrible pain from the meningitis or the shingles. Good luck with you decision.

      over 5 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Yes, I have 'chronic cancer' meaning that I have been on chemo for three years, and my oncologist always gives me my annual flu shot. but he won't give me the shingles vaccine.
      Good luck and blessings! xoxoxoxo

      over 5 years ago
    • FemaleinMotion's Avatar
      FemaleinMotion

      I get a flu shot the first week in November, every year. My oncologist said it was fine to get it during chemo, but you should check with your doctor first. I think it's more important to get a flu shot while you're fighting cancer.

      over 5 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      My oncologist recommended both a flu shot & a pneumonia shot between my surgery & the start of my chemo. I do plan on getting a flu shot again this year.

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      I don't get one anymore and haven't for years. I have extreme reactions to meds of any kind but fortunately, rarely get sick. When I got a flu shot, I would be sick for the next 10 days, sometime having to miss work. When I stopped getting the shot, I stopped getting sick and have only had one minor spell with the flu, nothing as debilitating as when I got the shot. But I realize I am the exception, not the rule.

      over 5 years ago
    • annogden's Avatar
      annogden

      I always do. So far, no flu!

      over 5 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      I don't get the flu shot unless I am forced by my doctor. I take vitamin D3 twice a day and haven't even had a cold in several years. I don't like the idea of the government telling me I have to take something when it isn't necessary. Frankly, since I had BC all those preventative shots scare the heck out of me. I do have diabetes which gives me a compromised immune system, but I have been healthy since taking 4000 units of vitamin D3 a day. I suppose if I was told to take it by my GP I would call my onco doctor and get his opinion.

      over 5 years ago
    • Honeypot's Avatar
      Honeypot

      I am nearly 69 and I have never had a flu shot and I have never had flu so I an not going
      to tempt fate by having one and anyway I take homeopathy so I havent had a cold for 8 years.
      However, I do realise tht it is different if you have chemotherapy as that lowers your immune
      system.
      Honeypot

      over 5 years ago
    • gillmomof3's Avatar
      gillmomof3

      I never took the flu shot until this year my oncologists made me.

      over 5 years ago
    • BabsWon's Avatar
      BabsWon

      I get a free flu shot every year at work. It worked out that I was finished with chemo & radiation well before the 2011 flu shot so I didn't worry about about my immune system.

      over 5 years ago
    • dianalynn's Avatar
      dianalynn

      I do! And you just reminded me!

      over 5 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar
      virginiab

      I have been self-employed for the past 30 years, which means that if I don't work, I don't make any money. So I have gotten a flu shot every year. When I was doing chemo/radiation, my docs encouraged it even then. When I turned 65 I got the pneumonia and shingles shots as well.

      I do it to protect myself and also to protect my community, by doing my best not to be the person who would spread a potentially fatal virus to someone who could not tolerate it.

      over 5 years ago
    • cbanks' Avatar
      cbanks

      Hi KM, I also get the flu shot. I have before cancer and still get one. But for me as well, I first ask my oncologist.

      over 5 years ago
    • LynnT's Avatar
      LynnT

      always have gotten flu shot. got mine 3 weeks before diagnosis last November and onc was pleased. I think most oncs want patients to have shot. Flu is no joke and can be deadly. As a nurse we are required to get shot, don't want to be the one to give a patient the flu on top of whatever else they have going on.

      over 5 years ago
    • rdy2trvl's Avatar
      rdy2trvl

      I did last year for the first time but will not again. If you are normally healthy then I see no reason but be sure to talk to your doctor to see if you have a weakened immune system.

      over 5 years ago
    • fluteplayer's Avatar
      fluteplayer

      If I want to get the flu and who wants that, all I have to do is get the shot. One year I was in the hospital from it so some people can not take it and I must be one of them but if you have never had a bad experience go for it. If I could I sure would

      over 5 years ago
    • TerrieA's Avatar
      TerrieA

      I got my flu shot last year right before I started my treatments. I have already gotten mine this year. My onc said I should get the shingles vaccine too.

      over 5 years ago
    • KatieMarie's Avatar
      KatieMarie

      Thanks for all your answers. August 16 was my Cancer Free birthday and have always been a little weirded out about the Flu vaccine. My Oncologist did have me take one last year before treatments and the pneumonia shot. I work in a hospital and it's free for employees, if you don't take one you have to wear a mask until flu season is over. So I've been wondering, right now my Onc has me on prescription vitamin D so it sounds like I should since I'm a bit deficient.

      over 5 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      I am taking AI and asked if it is OK to have a flu shot. MY oncologist said it is no problem.

      over 5 years ago

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