View Full Version : flu shot after spinal surgery?

09-22-2009, 05:33 PM
My daughter had surgery end of july--and confused about whether or not she should have a flu shot (regular-not swine) ---someone mentioned concern it could cause an infection, yet her surgeon said OK- has anyone else received any guidance about what to do/not do in the few months preceding the operation? thanks--

09-22-2009, 09:51 PM
I can't imagine how a flu shot could cause a bacterial infection, but I'm not a health professional. I wouldn't hesitate to get the shot if the doctor said it's OK.

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09-23-2009, 06:55 PM
My experience was that 5 weeks before my surgery, I came down with a terrible cold and they wouldn't give me a flu shot while I had symptoms. I had a cough right up until my surgery date. They wouldn't give me one while I was in the hospital and after I was recovering, it was too late to find anyone who had a flu shot to give. If your surgeon says it's OK, I would go for it.

09-23-2009, 10:14 PM
i know that they dont want to give a flu shot IF a person has cold symptoms...i have never heard them ask whether one has had surgery recently...only if one had a cough or a cold on the day of the flu shot....

hope that helps

09-24-2009, 12:46 AM
I just had my 2 week post-op appointment today and I was told that the flu shots will be available in October (I'm with an HMO) and that I should definitely have it. I specifically asked "even though I just had surgery" and the PA said no worries, get the shot. :)

Hope that helps!