The patiens of Lung cancer comment on pneumonia and flu vaccines

How many in this group have had their pneumonia and flu vaccines? I had upper portion of left lung removed in March. I've been doing really well since then. I just don't know if I want these vaccines this year or not? I will talk with my doctor (who always says, "take the vaccine) but I wondered how people in the group feel about these vaccines.

Robin Fish
R
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I take it. Haven't been sick in years. Well other than the cancer sick.

Bruce Mercado
B

I personally do not get the flu vaccine. Had the pneumonia one years ago prob like 15 yrs ago. Turned it down this year. I think it is an individual decision.

Crystal Vela
C

I take them both. All my docs think it's a good idea. The pneumonia one isn't annual though.

Liz Stallings
L

I had them both on the same day & I was stage 3 lung cancer. I had no issues. Since your lungs have been compromised it might be worth talking to your doctor about it.

Cindy Delacruz
C

Last year during chemo I was told there was no point. This year on maintenance I was told to get them.

Beth Nunez
B

I got the 1st pneumonia vaccine (there's a 2nd one now) before I even left the hospital after my lobectomy (2011). We are considered in a high-risk group post-lobectomy.
I also get the flu vaccine every year. Not only is it required where I work, but since a case of the flu can turn into pneumonia I feel it's a good decision.
I have since gotten the 2nd pneumonia vaccine
in 2014.

Gail Medrano
G

I had an upper left lobectomy in April & have had both, no regrets. Pneumonia shot is good for life (unless you have a couple of specific diseases)

Janet Britt
J

This year I had my flu shot at my first chemo.

Liz Stallings
L

I had mine.

Erin Gaines
E

I have had both and as a nurse wouldn't consider not having it.

Louise Champagne
L

As a Community Nurse, I 2nd that!!

Janet Britt 3 years

robin- you go and get your shots! Respectfully of course, Ma'am! According to my insurance (stupid idiots!) I am not old enough for a pneumonia shot and having one lung now that needs to stay healthy does not count (omg, please) but I got it anyway and I need a booster for it in a few years, but I have always gotten a flu shot since my ULL was removed. Get your tush in there and get 'er done. You know I am laughing about our Southern roots, right? Seriously, though, my dear friend, just get them both if your Dr. Recommends them. Xoxoxo

Elizabeth Flynn
E

My daddy has some don't but I'm a firm believer

Lutitia Kirkland
L

I would not have a flu jab....

Angela Koehler
A

My oncologist said no way! I have lung cancer!

Jeanne Smiley
J

Wow that's crazy Daddy's Dr gave him his to prevent him from getting sick

Lutitia Kirkland 3 years

I had allergic reaction to flu shot last year.

Jeanne Smiley 3 years

oh wow. Prayers for a shield to protect you from all sickness.

Lutitia Kirkland 3 years

Got both

Jayne Platt
J

I would think of whether you are exposed to the flu much. Do you have contact with a children? Do you think going into the medical facilities will expose you to the flu? Do you do things that bring you into contact with the public a lot?

Mary Nolan
M

My doctors highly recommended the shots. I had the pneumonia shot and have to wait a month for flu. My dr said i couldn't. Take them both at the same time

Cathy Cornelius
C

Cathy Cornelius- did he give a reason not for not getting them at the same time? Ugh, I did mine at the same time and other than feeling a bit off that evening, they never mentioned a thing- did I miss something?

Elizabeth Flynn 3 years

elizabeth he just said he didnt want them given at the same time it increased my chances of getting ill. He gave pneumonia. First he said flu can lead to pneumonia so he wanted that one first. I have a wonderful kind compassionate dr. He is amazing

Cathy Cornelius 3 years

Oh, great information, thank you so much cathy! Never thought of it that way, I will be sure to ask him about it when I see him in Feb, but good to know. I really appreciate your answer, thank you, and Merry Christmas! Xo

Elizabeth Flynn 3 years

Merry Christmas. To you. Im so glad i joined support. Group i have learned things. Ad much as my family lobes me they havent walked. The journey. I dont feel as isolated. My life as i knrw it no longer and never will exist.

Cathy Cornelius 3 years

You are so beautiful. I do chemo three days in a row every three weeks. Are you taking chemo at this time

Cathy Cornelius 3 years
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I refuse to get them. I usually end up sick when I do so I pass.

Heidi Otto
H

I got both

Nicole Rose
N

I get the pneumonia shot. The flu vaccine is a crap shoot for me. I always seem to get the flu anyway.

JA Romine Kyle
J

I've gotten both this year. My doctor also suggested I get the hepatitis a and b vaccines. I'm not sure how I feel about them and haven't gotten them yet.

Patricia Gutierrez
P

Our whole household gets one. We also ask family members and friends who we are around on a constant bases or for a prolonged time period to get one or limit visiting.
My brother and sister in law who never get the flu shot surprised us and got one prior to visiting for a week over Thanksgiving after speaking to their family doctor.

Sparkle Cobb
S

He has not gotten the pneumonia vaccine and none of his doctors bring it up. Maybe it's age I don't know but that's not mentioned to him/us.

Sparkle Cobb 3 years

I got both last year. I asked about them this year and my oncologist dais to get flu shot only.

Lisa Milton
L

I believe the pneumonia vax is every 5 years? Or maybe that's just for the general population? I also recall reading something along it being a series vaccine now..? I haven't researched it much and since leaving the hospital environment into outpatient psychiatric care I haven't done much with it in the last 5 years.

Sparkle Cobb 3 years

I get them.

Michelle Lawson
M

Thank all of you for the input. I got both shots last fall, in the same arm and had a Mersa type infection. I think the nurse did not swab according to protocol and that was the reason for the infection. PLUS, putting both shots in the same arm was foolish. Normally, I would have noticed that and prevented it. My head must not have been on right~!~ I think I like the idea of getting the pneumonia shot first, then wait for the flu shot. I just have a mindset against vaccines. That was hell when my babies were little. I did delayed shots for them and Praise God they were the healthiest kids around! OK...... Will call the doctor tomorrow ( shudder~~~~)

Robin Fish
R

I always get the flu shot but not pneumonia.

Heather Driver
H

My oncologist said no to the pneumonia vaccine because it is a live virus but the flu vaccine is not a problem it is not alive virus. My regular doctor thought both were fine, however I went with my oncologist felt he knew what was best.

Sue Patrick
S

The pneumonia vaccine is not live. My moms oncologist highly suggested getting it

Jody Sheehan 3 years

Makes sense. Maybe I need to do some research.

Robin Fish
R

I got both last year and only needed the flu shot this year. I never got the shingles vaccine, though. When I asked my oncologist, he said absolutely NOT because it's a live vaccine.

Genevieve Mcgowan
G

I got the pneumonia. And have to wait a month to get flu. My doctors. Daid flu can lead. To pneumonia. But i have to wait a month to get flu. I thing it really just depends on where you are in your treatment and blood counts. Every case is diffetent. My doctor highly. Recommended i get the shots

Cathy Cornelius
C

I get them all. I remember before the lobectomy how getting sick would lead to a cough that wouldn't quit. I NEVER want that again.

Jean Burger
J

I get the flu shot.

Annella Lucas
A

Why is it late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. It fslls in on you the worst

Cathy Cornelius
C

My mom was told she really needed both. Currently getting chemo

Jody Sheehan
J

I've had both. I didn't ask the doctor I just told them I wanted them. Don't want to catch anything.

Sandra Puckett
S

Get your vaccines. Why fight something else when you don't have to?

Renee Stroud
R

I feel anything that can keep the lung in good shape considering will help in the long run.

Mary Spears
M

We are only offered the flu jab. I must say no one has ever ask me if I want it. Which I don't
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Angela Koehler
A

Got both

Grace Blackman
G

I talked with my doctor today. Because I got the pneumonia shot last year, I only need to get the flu shot this year. I think I can handle that. Thanks!~!~

Robin Fish
R

DID you hear that Ms. Elizabeth Armstrong Parker

Robin Fish
R

I also got both....

Mara Cornett
M

I get my shots every year, I don't want to contract something that will ruin the little breath capacity I do have

Annette Moyer
A