Seasonal flu jabs … or seasonal or unseasonal flu?

October 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Posted in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 4 Comments
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Today Mum and I had our seasonal flu jabs. Because hubby isn’t entitled to one on the NHS he got one privately last Friday. ‘You might get some mild flu-like symptoms two to three days after the jab,’ he was told.

Last night (for anyone having trouble counting, that would be four days after the jab ) he started to cough and a slight sore throat. He went to work today, came back ‘freezing cold’ and shivering, had a bath and went to bed. I just took his temperature – 102.

Now the question is does that constitute mild flu-like symptoms, or are we talking flu, or swine flu or what? I don’t know, but what I do know is that if Mum and I come down with similar ‘mild flu-like symptoms’ on Saturday she’s not going to be best pleased … it’s her birthday!

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  1. Hope he’s feeling better soon and hope the birthday party is a great success!

    I’m in an office with a boss who came in sick today. She’s doing a pretty good job of staying away from everyone and I’m being extra-careful with my hand sanitizer and hand-washing, but I’m really looking forward to being able to get that vaccine!

  2. It could be either type of flu, unfortunately. It takes about two weeks for your body to build up immunity to the virus in the vaccine, so it may be that he was unlucky enough to pick up one or the other of the bugs before his immune system was fortified. Here’s hoping that he gets over whichever flu it is quickly and that neither you nor your mum catches it in the meantime. You *are* taking all the basic hygiene measures while he’s home sick, right? Hand washing maniacally, making sure he’s coughing into a tissue and tossing it safely away each time (and you don’t deal with discarding them) and maybe a wearing a face mask? (hubby, not you!) Best of luck to you both!

  3. Drew the line at wearing a face mask – that’s probably why I’ve got a stinking cold … and so has “the boss” at work. Oops. His might have been swine flu – the very high temp and nasty cough seemed to indicate that and he got tamiflu and it SEEMS to have worked – who knows whether it did or he was getting better anyway, but the day after starting taking it his temperature dropped to practically normal.

  4. I hope you’ve managed to avoid the bugs so far, Helen!

    The birthday party WAS a great success. ;o) I pretty much collapsed in a heap on Sunday but Saturday was all good!


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