View Full Version : Safe to get a flu shot if I have a cold sore?
10-17-2004, 09:18 AM
My flu shot is scheduled for Monday morning at work. They had us fill out a form indicating any allergies and health problems, and they also said that we shouldn't get the flu shot if we're already sick with something, like a cold, bronchitis, or sinusitis.
This morning I woke up with a cold sore on my lip. Does that count as "already sick", even though I have no symptoms except for this lump on my lip? Do I have to cancel my appointment, or it is still perfectly fine to get the flu shot?
10-17-2004, 02:32 PM
If you are in the now legal high risk category (child, pregnant or 65 or over) get the shot (unless you get competent medical advice to the contrary). There are people in those categories standing in line for 7 hours to get one of the 200 or 300 shots available at floating clinics. I've missed thre ethis week because I won't stand for it.
Maybe this week.
It's a misdemeanor crime now to give a shot to anyone not in those categories due to the 40 million shots that were found (in August) to be contaminated in England. :mad:
Qadgop the Mercotan
10-17-2004, 02:57 PM
It's perfectly safe to get a flu shot with a cold sore, or a cold. Only in the case of a significant major febrile illness should a flu shot specifically be avoided. Minor illnesses with fever (such as a cold) are no bar to immunization.
10-18-2004, 09:36 PM
Well, Anti, did you get your shot? I hope you did not have to wait long and that you are in the "high risk" category. I know, NOMB.
But today, Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Wealth, Education and Helfare announced that no one should stand in line for a flu shot. There will be plenty available for all the high risk folks. He did not add, "in July", or "after November 2nd".
Is it true that the announcement was made because the linestanders are being told in some places that "this is the early voting for Kerry line"? And nobody left?
10-18-2004, 10:09 PM
Well, I'm in Canada, and there's no shortage of vaccine here yet (although they're trying to stop clinics near the border from giving shots to Americans, in case we end up running out somehow).
So yes, I got my shot, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I do not vaccinate well. My arm feels like I've been doing one-armed push-ups all day, and my legs are like jello. But at least I'm protected from the flu, and considering the number of people who aren't getting their needed protection, I'm not complaining.
I hope everyone who needs a shot, gets a shot.
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