ugh so much for the flu shot

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   Posted 2/12/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
well i got the flu shot in novemebr and my family has been having the flu..I thought I was safe and unfortunatly I now have the flu and I cannot shake the 102 fever and its so bad that I can barely move now and both my rheumy and my primary are out today and I dont know what to do im miserable.. anyone had the flu shot and still got the flu
Female: 37 yrs/old DX: Lupus (dx:'03) MCTD, Raynaud's, Antithyroid antibodies, Lupus Cebritis, Lupus CNS, Lupus Pneumonitis and Stage II Lupus Nephritis. mitral valve and tricuspid valve regurgitation, 9 tia's and one pontine stroke('06)Seizures('06), Photosensitivity since childhood, vasculitis, gangrene left thumb had amputated aug of 07,had mediport put in aug '07, discoid lupus sept 07, Sjogren's, had left toe amputated in june of 2008. COPD dx oct 2008
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   Posted 2/12/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Amy,
UGH.  I"m sorry you got the flu.  The flu shot is not an absolute perfect solution to keep you from getting the flu.  All it does is make the flu less severe, and make it last a shorter duration.  It's important for us to get it every year.  Having the flu for a few days with minimal symptoms is better than having it for 2 weeks and ending up in the hospital.
Definitely, get to your doctor or a walk-in clinic as soon as you can. That's a pretty high fever. With your pneumonitis it is crucial to have a doctor look at you.  The flu can settle in your lungs and become very dangerous.  Tell the receptionist at your doctor's office that you must see them on Friday.  Tell her why.
Let us know how you do okay? If you are allowed to take Tylenol, it will help to bring your fever down.
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

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Melissa D.
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   Posted 2/12/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you got the flu, that's crappy! Like Ginny said just because you got the shot doesn't mean you won't get it, there are so many different strains out there, they just treat you for the one strain they think is going to be the worst.

I too recommend going to a walk in clinic if you can. They will most likely give you Tamaflu, the sooner you get on it the better.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

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