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The Truth About Whether You Should You Get the Flu Shot When You’re Sick

Tuesday, November 6, 2018   (2 Comments)
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The severity of your illness will make a difference.

 

There’s a reason you’re told to get the flu shot every single year: Influenza is a respiratory infection that can potentially turn deadly. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 80,000 people died from flu last season.

The scary part? The flu can feel a lot like the common cold at first, since its symptoms typically include fever, chills, achy muscles, sore throat, cough, and headaches.

But what if you’re already feeling a bit under the weather in the first place? How sick is too sick to get the flu vaccine? And does it really matter whether you get vaccinated while you’re ill or after you’ve perked up?

Turns out there are a few legitimate reasons to delay your annual flu shot—but a mild case of the sniffles is probably not one of them. Here, physicians specializing in family medicine and infectious disease explain everything you should know about getting the flu vaccine when you’re sick.

First and foremost, flu is potentially deadly and the common cold is not. So, even if you feel a little bit blah, you should get your flu shot ASAP. The same goes for children 6 months and older. This is important because it takes two weeks for the flu vaccine to create the antibodies your body needs to fight off the infection.

“Runny nose, cough, congestion, feeling crummy, under the weather, a little bit of nausea, that’s not a big deal,” says Sean McNeeley, MD, board president of the Urgent Care Association and medical director at University Hospital Urgent Care Network in Cleveland. It’s better to get the shot, he says.

People tend to forget about it or skip it, he says, “and then they end up with the flu, which is a horrible result.”

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Sean M. McNeeley says...
Posted Monday, November 12, 2018
To respond to your question Laurel, if it’s an actual fever greater than 100.4 degrees then waiting is probably best. If not then the decision to wait should be balanced by likelihood of return.
Laurel McCulloh says...
Posted Thursday, November 8, 2018
What if they are running a LGF?

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