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Do I need a flu vaccine for T2D? Anxiety playing havoc!

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by harrygarry95, Aug 25, 2020.

  1. harrygarry95

    harrygarry95 Type 2 · Member

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    Hey!

    Coming up to flu season now and I can't decide if I should get a flu vaccine? I'm 25 years old and I've only ever had flu vaccines when I was a child. Obviously with COVID around I'm trying to be extra safe, plus I've already had the flu once when I was 16 and I experienced swine flu in 2009 which was equally unpleasant.

    The main reason which puts me off are the side effects. I know the vaccine doesn't give you the flu - but I'm worried if I get a fever I'll panic and think I have COVID. I'm really battling with my anxiety over this one...

    I know my doctor will say I should have one. But I'm intrigued by those who are anti-vaxxers and their reasons.

    Thanks
     
  2. LaoDan

    LaoDan Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I get one every year and will continue doing so.
     
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  3. sleepster

    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have type 1 and I get a flu jab every year, I'm all booked up for this years :D
     
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  4. EllieM

    EllieM Type 1 · Moderator
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    I had mine in April in NZ at the height of lockdown. I've been having them for years/decades and though my arm sometimes aches there's no way I'd want to cope with T1 and actual flu. It might not be so bad if you're not on insulin but illness pushes your levels up so why risk it?
     
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  5. DavidGrahamJones

    DavidGrahamJones Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I always have had a flu jab every year and will always have a flu jab every year. I have never experienced any side effects except for a sore arm sometimes. If I was to be asked by anyone whether to have a flu jab or not and some of my younger friends have asked, I would say YES. No question.
     
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    sno0opy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Every year without fail even before I was diagnosed. To be honest I have never had any side effects.
     
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  7. Seacrow

    Seacrow LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I get side effects every time, sore arm, fever and whole body aches. The times I haven't had the jab and then caught the flu, though, have put me in hospital with pneumonia, breathing problems and uncontrollable blood glucose and ketones.
    I'm on the get the jab team.
     
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  8. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm another that gets the sore/tender shoulder for a few days but nothing else. Will be booking my flu jab later today (as I've just got the text from the docs).
    Edit: I get exactly the same sore/tender arm when I get my pneumonia jab every 5 years
     
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    #8 Rokaab, Aug 25, 2020 at 9:14 AM
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  9. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    I'm another who has the flu jab every year and have done for many years again the worst I've had is a sore arm.

    Ps I've already had this years jab.
     
  10. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Mine is booked for September. I have had one every year since becoming entitled to one - about 12 years, and have never had any reaction other than a bit of a stiff arm. I advise everyone that is eligible to have one. Genuine flu is a terrible illness.
     
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  11. Jbicheno

    Jbicheno Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    As a diabetic you are entitled to a free flu jab. I have one every year. Type 2 under 60 (just).
     
  12. lessci

    lessci Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Having had true flu in 2000, I'm another one for the jab, I NEVER want to feel that ill again. Booked in for the end of September. I was once told that if you get a sore arm it's because you already have some immunity to one of the strains of flu in this season jab and your immune system is fighting it. No reaction, no current immunity
     
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  13. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    Better safe than sorry!

    I've had flu jabs for years, and only once apart from an occasional slightly sore/stiff arm, have I had any (but certainly not serious) side effects, and that was years before I became diabetic and was young and fit. This year's jab has just been booked for next month.

    I did actually have flu as a young and otherwise healthy teenager and that's not something I'd ever care to repeat, especially now I'm old and diabetic. I'd hate to think what it might do to my glucose levels now!
     
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  14. Chook

    Chook Type 2 · Expert

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    I had flu at age 16 and age 56 and both times ended up in hospital with pneumonia and then (the second time which was a couple of years after T2 diagnosis) I had a follow on complication from the pneumonia that lasted for months and scared the wits out of me and my husband.

    I will definitely be getting the jab but I will be having it at my local pharmacy where you don't have to make an appointment.
     
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  15. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How did you get the flu jab so early?
    I always have the jab and don't even get a sore arm.
     
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  16. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Master

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    I wandered into the local Pharmacy to pick up my repeat prescription the pharmacist said John have you had your flu jab I said yes he said according to the computer you haven't so I'll do it now. mind you I have to admit to some confusion over dates I now thinking back realize that was just prior to lock down and may have been 2019's jab late or duplicated due to administrative error because prior to that I am sure when in the surgery the DN gave me the jab plus the Pneumonia Vaccination but I didn't bother to argue and said OK as I don't have problems with it. So will be due another from September I was mistaken as this years is still yet to come incidentally when in the Air Force as I was on the instant response team I was immunized for just about every disease known to man that vaccines were available for. I never had a bad reaction to any of them.
     
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    I've had flu jab for past 10years and never had a problem.
     
  18. harrygarry95

    harrygarry95 Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks everyone! You're right - rather have a few side effects than get the flu
     
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  19. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    I had the flu in the early 70s, and was told to go in to work or else (it was the Tax Office) and ended up working all by myself in a totally deserted floor of open plan office. Several of the older people never came back to work. Eventually I keeled over and was off work for some time. The doctor was coming round to the flat to see if I was still alive, I think. I was a fit 21 year old and I couldn't get into hospital as they were full.
    If you are offered a flu jab, I'd say jump at it.
     
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  20. ringi

    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Given Covid-19 and the flu spreads in much the same way
    • The risk of getting the flu this year is lower
    • But there is a real risk of getting both Covid-19 and the flu at the same time
    If you get the flu (even mild) you will not be allowed out until you have had a Covid-19 test
     
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