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Should I have the flu (influenza) jab, and is it safe?

Flu jab
Vaccination against seasonal flu offers Waldenstrom's macroglobulinaemia (WM) patients, who often have weakened immune systems, some protection against the most common strains of flu. The flu vaccine is therefore recommended in all and preferably also family members of WM patients to keep the flu levels low in the community.

The flu vaccine is a killed vaccine so does not pose a risk to patients (although some may experience flu-like symptoms). In patients with low immunity due to the WM itself (low antibody levels) or treatment, we do not know how much protection will come from the flu jab, but it is still recommended.

The best time to have the flu vaccine is in the autumn before flu starts spreading and it usually takes 10 to 14 days for the vaccine to work. If you are currently on treatment, your doctor or specialist will be able to discuss when the best time to have your vaccination is.

Additional changes have been made to make sure it’s safe for you to have the flu vaccine at GP surgeries and pharmacies. These changes include social distancing, hand washing and wearing protective equipment.

Further information and advice on the flu vaccine can be found via the NHS website here

If you have would like any further advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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