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alligatorpointer
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Have any of you had the flu since completing treatment?  Did you get the flu shot vaccine? 

 

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ToBeGolden
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I got the shot early this year. Pretty free of cold and flu this year, knock on wood. Rick.

katenorwood
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alligatorpointer,

I have been trying to get the darn flu shot since last October....seriously.  Every time I think I can safely get it bam...my immune system is down and they wouldn't give it to me.  So now I'm hanging out at home staying away from the general public because our area is being hit pretty hard with the flu.  Not uncommon this time of year.  I think it's a good idea and usually get mine every year.  Thank you for bringing this topic up !  Katie 

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kicking and screaming to get mine today....he's absolutely insistant that I get one....He got his the other day, and I was hoping that would be the end of it for me, too....but NOOOOoooo...LOL.

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"we gotta get that flu shot".....so far we're still forgetting to stop and get one.  I've only had one in my life, so it's not something that is on the forefront of my thinking.  It's still in the plans tho for the near future.

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George_Baltimore
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and every year all my doctors (cancer and regular) say get the flu shot.  Every year I have with no problems at all.  Better to be safe than sorry.

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staceya
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Yes. Yiou do.

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Pat

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I'm going on four years post Tx, and have gotten one every year also..., no problems.

I actually tried to get one yesterday, but the lady giving them wasn't feeling well so she wasn't doing it, I'll go back though.

Either 2009, or 2010, can't remember which now... They were giving an additional flu shot, can't rememebr..bird or swine maybe.

Anyways, on that one, my onco suggested that I didn't get that one as there were know side effects to show up years later.

Best ~ John

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September 2011, I was sitting in ENT waiting room, the results of my scan were going to be revealed...a nurse came along with her cart and asked, want a flu shot..first I'd ever gotten...got one this year too, while shopping for groceries :) I also got pnenomia vacine last year while in the hospital with it. It's good for 5 years. Right now, I'm fighting a cold, but not feeling bad, just sneezy. 

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A,

 

Got a flu shot along with a Shingles shot.

 

Matt

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We both got them just before we learned of my husbands cancer at the end of September. Last week we moved out of the hope lodge when one of our new friends there got the flu.. Couldn't take the risk that it was a virus, or that the shots would work. This years flu season seems to be an epidemic. My husband dawns a mask or I block doors.. To get to week 5 of treatments, I can't imagine what issues it would cause. Of course a hotel is nice, but he's regulated to the room, and the ventilation system here is independent inside the rooms. At least it's tax deductible.

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Got a flu shot, no side effects and also my 1st pnemonia shot. Docotor says 1 pnemonia shot before age 65 and one after is all you'll ever need but I've also heard every 5 years. 

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I finished treatment 1/21/11 ....have not gotten a flu, or shingles shot yet....but looking at all these posts I think I better get taht done.

Sorry no help with your question .... 

Best,

Tim

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Not a bad idea Tim....

Reports say this flu going around is pretty brutal, not that any seems mild.

Plus the fact you have many children, unless their's are already taken care of...

JG

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alligatorpointer
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Seems to have some studies backing up the use of elderberry for flu symptoms & shortening duration ... link to article:

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA300839

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Always get a flu shot- been doing that for decades, and can't say that I've had what I knew was the flu for just as long.

 

Colds, however, are another matter. Had been an annual event for many years before tx. The irony is that on the day of my last rad, one of the techs clearly had a cold, and within 24 hours of that last rad- yep, I caught her cold. Made the first couple weeks of post-rads even more difficult, but I'm still here. And, have gotten a couple colds since tx, but can honestly say none of them have hit me near as hard as the colds I remember in the ten years before treatment, which is strange. Very careful to limit my exposure to the seasonal viruses, but still get a cold at least once a year.

 

kcass

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Got both flu and shingles yesterday.  I'm not sure how much good the flu shot is but it won't do any harm.  First time for me.  The shingles vacination is about 50% effective according to my doc.  I recently had shingles and I can say without reservation that I do not ever want it again and I had a mild case.  I still have nerve damage and it may never improve.  Nasty stuff no doubt caused by a compromised immune system. 

John

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Twitchy finger=double post

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Sounds like a song....

Double Post, by Twitchy Finger.....thumbup

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