she has been to the doctors and they can't figure out what's wrong with her. She is also on implanon (birth control) if that helps. I would appreciate any opinions
she cant stop taking the ...
Can a flu shot affect a blood test?
My husband had a flu shot this past week. Two days later he went to see his doctor for an exam and blood work. I guess his blood work was all over the map! He does have thrombocytosis and has been taking Hydroxurea for 4 years but feeling good til now. Doctor wants to schedule a bone marrow biopsy in a few weeks. Could this be from his recent flu shot or what could this be. His WBC was up slightly, platelets were down and HBG was a little lower than normal. His spleen was not enlarged. We are both stressing.
A flu vaccination triggers the immune system into producing antibodies against the flu types/strains you've been vaccinated against. It could elevate the white count somewhat and temporarily but vaccines don't affect platelets and hemoglobin.
I suppose it's possible that his hydroxurea dosage might need adjusting if his platelets are now low but I suspect his labs have more to do with what's going on inside of him rather than with a flu vaccination. Because his doctor recommended bone marrow biopsy, I would expect that his red cells were down as well. I believe a bone marrow aspirations & biopsy is the best thing to do at this point and will probably solve the mystery. Bone marrow is where white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets are produced.
Try not to stress, either of you. I know this is far easier said than done. But once the biopsy results come back, you'll both know what together you face and a known enemy is always better than an unknown one.