Post # 16
LBeeLove: if that was the case then getting a flu shot wouldn’t be recommended for people who suffer from illnesses that cause a supressed or lowered immune system. Yet it is. How do I know because I have had type 1 diabetes (a disease which lowers your immune system) and recurrent cancer and it has always been recommended to me by actual doctors and not a pharmacist. By your explanation I should have at least ended up in hospital a couple of times just from getting the flu shot.
Post # 17
cmbr: Glad you trust yourself. Lol. Unfortunately for you, I trust my pharmacist. The person administering the shot. Thanks.
Post # 18
j_jaye: Thank you. Perhaps once you become a pharmacist, you can advise your patients differently.
Post # 19
LBeeLove: Either your pharmacist is making up stories to make you feel better or you are misunderstanding or misinterpreting what he said.
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<h3>It is a complete falsehood that getting a flu shot temporarily lowers your immune system.</h3>
<h3>Totally untrue. Getting a flu vaccine prepares your immune system for the flu.</h3>
A flu vaccine teaches your immune system to recognize that virus as a threat. While some people may still get the flu after having a flu shot, they’ll probably have a milder form of the illness — and it’s not because they got the vaccine. A milder form of the flu is still possible despite getting vaccinated because antibodies made in response to the vaccine can still provide some protection.
So why do people swear a flu vaccine gave them the flu? Some may mistake the occasional side effects of the vaccine (fever, aches) for flu symptoms. And the time of year people are most likely to get the vaccine is when colds and other respiratory illnesses are common. If you get the vaccine and then get sick with an unrelated bug, you may assume, incorrectly, that the vaccine caused the illness.
_blackbird_: Alcohol sensitivity can cause your symptoms
Alcohol sensitivity can cause cold- or flu-like symptoms, including nasal and chest congestion. If you have been drinking and develop basic congestion issues, do not take decongestant medication. Mixing medication with alcohol is generally not advised. Mild symptoms of congestion are not generally a concern, unless you have asthma. Those with pre-existing asthma can experience wheezing and other extreme symptoms as a result of alcohol intolerance. If asthma is an issue, see a doctor for treatment.
Post # 20
julies1949: Soooo many qualified experts. I’m surrounded by pharmacists. Lol.