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Flu shot, decreased platelets. Hemolytic anemia 1 year 1 month ago #71861

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Has anyone had a reduction in platelets after a flu shot. How long did it last? My labs also show possible hemolytic anemia. Anyone have a similar situation?

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Flu shot, decreased platelets. Hemolytic anemia 1 year 1 month ago #71862

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I haven't had the flu shot, but there are a lot of cases of people getting ITP from the flu shot: 
www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(20)30629-9/fulltext
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7402960/
www.hindawi.com/journals/crihem/2016/7913092/

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Flu shot, decreased platelets. Hemolytic anemia 1 year 1 month ago #71863

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Thank you, this article is very helpful.

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Flu shot, decreased platelets. Hemolytic anemia 1 year 1 month ago #71869

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I have been getting a flu shot yearly since 1992 and have never had a decrease in count from it.  
"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD
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Flu shot, decreased platelets. Hemolytic anemia 1 year 1 month ago #71870

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I've had the flu jab for years. Not once has it affected my count. 
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Flu shot, decreased platelets. Hemolytic anemia 1 year 1 month ago #71873

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Hi Jane.
Vaccines can trigger ITP and also infections can do it. Maybe yours is only a temporary reaction. What are your counts?

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Flu shot, decreased platelets. Hemolytic anemia 1 year 1 month ago #71874

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My platelet level has been consistantly in the 30's. I have maintained this level on 50 mg of promacta. I received a flu shot last week and had a lab draw the day after. My platelets dropped to 9. I am also anemic, and have been very slowly decreasing in HCT and HBG levels. My ferritin level is also low at 6. This happened 2 years ago and I received an infusion which helped until recently. 
Seems like the flu shot could of impacted the level. 

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Flu shot, decreased platelets. Hemolytic anemia 1 year 1 month ago #71875

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Promacta is known to cause iron deficiency Jane T. When I was using it I had to take iron tablets. 
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