Lag Time with Flu Shot?

Amy Tenderich
By Amy Tenderich Latest Reply 2009-01-12 19:49:03 -0600
Started 2009-01-12 17:35:08 -0600

Did you all know that when you get a flu shot it apparently takes a few weeks to kick in and become effective?

This is what my endo told me last week. Ugghh! I learned the hard way because I got mine very late this year, and came down with a nasty stomach flu just one week later.

Moral of the story: get your flu shot early next year.

4 replies

fun2u2007 2009-01-12 18:30:08 -0600 Report

Amy, I did not know about the lag time. I got my shot back in November and I got the flu 4 days later. I was not a happy camper lol I will be getting the shot as early as possible next year. Lisa

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-12 17:40:00 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear you've been sick - especially with the flu, 'cause that ain't no picnic! Drains everything out of you for a while. Hope you're feeling much better now. I did know about the lag time, so I make sure each year to get mine when they first hit the doctor's office. Another reason to do that is so that you don't miss out, should there be a shortage of vaccine that year. Good point to bring up, since those of us with chronic illnesses definitely need to get the shot.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-12 18:00:18 -0600 Report

I too known about the lag time. My endo told me that when they first came out. I too am first on the list at my MDs office to get it…Debe