Can a flu vaccine stop me from catching a cold?

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Ike Appelhanz

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Can a flu vaccine stop me from catching a cold?
« on: 27/04/2010 01:30:03 »
Ike Appelhanz asked the Naked Scientists:
   
More of a statement but of interest.

Every year I experience one or two severe colds during the Winter months. 

After taking my flu shot and H1N1 shot I did NOT experience a single cold.

I am a retired microbiologist and found this interesting.

Any ideas?

What do you think?
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Can a flu vaccine stop me from catching a cold?
« Reply #1 on: 27/04/2010 19:29:27 »
A couple of thoughts struck me.
Perhaps you never (or very seldom) caught a cold and what you thought were severe colds were 'flu. Now the vaccine stops you getting those too.
Another possibility is that, for the last year or so, people were a bit paranoid about staying home if they had symptoms that might have been a cold or 'flu. This might have dropped transmission rates of all these diseases.
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Can a flu vaccine stop me from catching a cold?
« Reply #2 on: 29/04/2010 10:57:22 »
The flu shots can't protect against all viruses that cause cold symptoms, so the most likely explanation is that you have just been lucky this year. If a huge number of people noticed they had no colds every year for several years after having flu shots, there might be something in it, but one person's experience in just one year - its probably just down to chance.

Hope the good luck continues though...