• Has anyone gotten a flu shot during chemotherapy and did you feel worse the next week or have symptoms.

    Asked by Carol55 on Saturday, October 22, 2011

    Has anyone gotten a flu shot during chemotherapy and did you feel worse the next week or have symptoms.

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    10 answers
    • abrub's Avatar

      Check with your onc. I got mine during my "off" week, and felt no different from any other flu shot. It was 4 years ago that I was in chemo, and at the time of the flu shot, I was receiving intra-peritoneal chemo.

      over 9 years ago
    • mamajltc's Avatar

      My husband got his the day of chemo. He felt a bit lousy the next day, but definitely worth getting...just made sure he was relaxing that day. I got mine as well. Next day he felt fine.

      over 9 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar

      Check with your oncologist. I don't do flu shots, never have unlikely I will start now.

      over 9 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      I was told to NOT BOTHER! Chemo wrecks the immune response you're supposed to have. So, you can get it, but it's worthless. I'm a regular flu shot recipient, but I will not be getting it this year based on their recommendation (two docs and phys asst and nurses).

      ALSO - if people around you are getting flu shots, that's AWESOME but request that they get the shot and not nasal spray. Children should not get the nasal spray if they will be around immune-compromised individuals... like chemo patients!

      over 9 years ago
    • Pangea422's Avatar

      We asked the exact same question, and our oncologist told us chemo rendered flu shots useless. She told us that the people AROUND the patient (for example, family members who live with her) should get the flu shot, so as to prevent themselves from getting sick and to help protect the patient.

      over 9 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY should have one I got mine 2 weeks before treatment it takes 2 weeks to work and yes u may feel crappy but that is a good thing that means your imune system is working and doing wwhat it is to do!! but if the crappies last more then 2 days call your onc.

      over 9 years ago
    • Loriann's Avatar

      Hi Carol,

      I was also told I could have the flu shot but it may not work well because my immune was shot. It may not benefit you but talk with your oncologist. I elected not to have it. I just made sure everyone stayed far away from me if they are at all compromised and everyone had to wash and sanitize their hands. I even put a sign up in my bathroom and in my kitchen to remind people. (I know) but it helped me stay well through chemo. I finished mine two days before Christmas 2010.

      Wishing for you the very best~

      over 9 years ago
    • Carol55's Avatar

      Thanks, everybody! My immune system is not shot yet. I did get mine same day as chemo and felt lousy the next week, more so than usual, so who knows. I got my pneumonia shot prior to treatment. If your immune system is working, I don't know that it is a bad thing to get a flu shot. My oncologist offered it. (I would not recommend live flu mist to children. My granddaughter got guillain barre syndrome after hers. She was fortunate and recovered completely!)

      over 9 years ago
    • roepkeranch's Avatar

      I had the only reaction to the flu shot I have ever had which was swelling of the face when I got it during chemo. BUT I never got the flu during chemo and worked a lot with the public

      over 8 years ago
    • NJZ62's Avatar

      I had a flu shot a couple of weeks ago - I'm in chemotherapy right now - and no symptoms. I've always gotten a flu shot every year because I have asthma and respiratory illnesses are a nightmare. (Last time I had flu was 1992 - one of only years I missed my shot.)

      about 8 years ago

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