Question about Father's Cold/Cough and Flu Vaccine

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Hello,

Thank you for your time!

My father is 81 years old and lives alone in India. Early this week, he mostly recovered (there was still some residual cold/cough) from a cold/cough viral infection that lasted about a 1 1/2 months. He always sees his pulmonalogist when he has cough/cold and his medications were a mix of an antibiotic, anti-histamine and cough syrup.

On Tuesday, he was given the flu shot. Since yesterday evening, he has been having moderate cold, cough and his voice is somewhat cracked. He is able to do his daily activities. He is currently taking an anti-histamine tablet and cough syrup that was prescribed by his pulmonalogist for another week on Tuesday. He has contacted his pulmonalogist about his new symptoms.

I wanted to ask if anyone here has experienced something similar? Are the new symptoms my father is having since yesterday a recurrence of the viral infection or maybe a reaction to the flu vaccine ?

I would be grateful for your answers.

Thank you,

Zent

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    Hi sorry to hear your father is not well and that its been going on for quite some time, obviously your father has seen a proper medical doctor and been prescribed antibiotics, i am not sure what the antihistamines are supposed to do though unless you're father is having a reaction to something as well, as for cough medicine he would be better drinking plenty of water which is much better than all the sugar's that cough medicine has in it.

    I personally think that if it was a reaction to the flu jab it would have been pretty instantaneous, the flu jab cannot give you the flu, it could be it post viral symptoms hes getting though

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    It doesn't sound like a reaction to the vaccine.

    Here in the USA vaccine manufactures are exempt from lawsuits for vaccine injury. Even drugs are not given that status. It seems funny that lawsuit exemption status is necessary since vaccines are safe:)

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    Thank you Alexandria and Josh for your replies!!

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    Antihistamines are used to help dry up mucus (secretions) in cough and cold.

    it doesn't sound like a reaction to the flu vaccine, but if he was already unwell when he had it, he may expect to feel unwell after it too. as above, it can't cause the flu as it's not a live vaccine. but common side effects (harmless and short lived) can include feeling under the weather/cold symptoms etc. its sensible to postpone vaccination if there is fever but would be fine if just having a cough or cold.

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    Antihistamines are used to help dry up mucus (secretions) in cough and cold.

    it doesn't sound like a reaction to the flu vaccine, but if he was already unwell when he had it, he may expect to feel unwell after it too. as above, it can't cause the flu as it's not a live vaccine. but common side effects (harmless and short lived) can include feeling under the weather/cold symptoms etc. its sensible to postpone vaccination if there is fever but would be fine if just having a cough or cold.

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