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Started by coshipi on Nov 6, 2020 7:09:21 AM
Flu jab

I've never had one before, but this year medical advice was pushier than usual because of covid-19.

coshipi - 06 Nov 2020 07:10:12 (#1 of 63)

This year I made an exception, and went and got my jab when I was invited. Got the jab last Monday at 12:45..

They warn you about side effects - soreness at the site of the injection, muscle pains, headaches, flu-like symptoms. Some people complain how bad the side-effects are.

Well, I'm not sure I've had any side-effect at all. Certainly no soreness at the injection site, no muscle pain, no headache, no fever.

Perhaps I just happened to pick up an ordinary cold at about the same time. Tuesday early afternoon, suddenly several sneezes, then a runny nose all afternoon and evening - but no sneezes and dry nose all night. A couple of sneezes and a slightly runny nose Wednesday morning, but very little and all cleared up well before noon - quite the quickest recovery ever from a cold. I rarely get colds - once every three or four years - but they usually last around three days when I do.

Was the "cold" from the flu jab? It's not a side-effect I've ever heard mentioned.

Vendor - 06 Nov 2020 07:16:17 (#2 of 63)

I had that once, about twenty years ago. Coincidence.

Tinymcsmithy - 06 Nov 2020 07:21:35 (#3 of 63)

I tend to get flu jabs every other year or so - as and when I remember. Never had any side effects.

slicey - 06 Nov 2020 07:26:54 (#4 of 63)

It's not a side-effect I've ever heard mentioned.

They warn you about side effects - soreness at the site of the injection, muscle pains, headaches, flu-like symptoms.

coshipi - 06 Nov 2020 07:29:10 (#5 of 63)


That's my assumption, but it was the strangest "cold" I've ever had - I've never had one that was all over anywhere near that quickly before.

machiavelli - 06 Nov 2020 07:30:05 (#6 of 63)

A friend's mother got rather alarming neurological symptoms after a jab. This was over five years ago so might have been the dodgy Pandermix stuff.

browserbutton - 06 Nov 2020 07:30:22 (#7 of 63)

I had a flu jab recently, no side effects but four days later I got a stiff neck.

darkhorse - 06 Nov 2020 07:32:56 (#8 of 63)

I've had quite a few flu jabs (ten?), but never noticed an obvious side effect. I'm sniffly throughout winter with the kids' colds these days, so any coldiness would merge with the normal snottinesss of this time of year.

Onegin - 06 Nov 2020 07:33:30 (#9 of 63)

I had the flu jab last week and have only gone and stubbed my toe on the corner of the bed.

coshipi - 06 Nov 2020 07:38:12 (#10 of 63)

#7 Since that's a recognized side-effect and at about the right delay, it seems highly likely that it IS a side-effect.

Verdigris - 06 Nov 2020 07:39:37 (#11 of 63)

I've had flu jabs for the last three years. Only after-effect this year was a sore arm a few days after the injection.

Arjuna - 06 Nov 2020 07:48:22 (#12 of 63)

I had one last week, never noticed a thing

frantastic - 06 Nov 2020 07:53:18 (#13 of 63)

Sore, stiff arm. Little bump. That’s it.

Tenesmus - 06 Nov 2020 07:53:54 (#14 of 63)

17 years of jabs, one year the site swelled up into an egg shape and was uncomfortable. That is all.

thisonehasalittlehat - 06 Nov 2020 07:56:39 (#15 of 63)

Flu jabs can give you cold / flu symptoms, as these are your immune system reactive to the virus, and in the case of the vaccine, reacting to the vaccine. It is likely this explains your symptoms, however obviously it is not impossible they are unrelated. You will never know.

thisonehasalittlehat - 06 Nov 2020 07:57:23 (#16 of 63)

Unless you die of coronavirus next week.

kvelertak - 06 Nov 2020 08:42:33 (#17 of 63)

I went to book a jab at Boots a few weeks ago and they said they didn't have enough. Slightly concerning! I will ask again, and at my GP surgery if need be. Meanwhile my partner, who used to champion us getting our flu jabs, has decided not to bother any more as they're not vegan.

coshipi - 06 Nov 2020 09:22:46 (#18 of 63)


If I die of coronavirus next week, I'll never know anything.

TommyDGNR8 - 06 Nov 2020 09:31:59 (#19 of 63)

Popped my flu jab cherry last week. No side-effects at all.

ArriveAlive - 06 Nov 2020 09:34:07 (#20 of 63)

I’m getting one through work this year (in 3 weeks time). It’ll be my first ever.

I also got a text from my GP surgery last week, inviting me to get one from them. I think this is the first time in all the years I’ve been registered there that I’ve received such an invite.

Is there a specific age at which you automatically become eligible? I’m not at any multiple of 5 or 10 “landmark” age.

obviously I could do a web search but thought a “wisdom of crowd” poll here would be much more reliable.

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