It’s fall and that means flu shot season, but if you have hypothyroidism, is getting a flu shot your smartest choice?  Yes, I know; everyone tells you to get a flu shot: your insurance company sends you reminders, your employer encourages you to a flu shot and your health care provider also advises you to get your flu shot. So, you should get your shot right? However, if you have autoimmune thyroid disease and are hypothyroid, you might want to rethink how helpful that flu shot really is.

The following article explains who is at risk and what they should know.


  1. Avatar Mary on October 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I’m concerned because I have thyroid disease and had a flu shot just a week ago! But after the last three days I can’t sleep at night and my body just aches all over. I feel sick like and so tired with lightheaded and headaches! Could it be side effects from the shot??

    • Avatar Mary on October 4, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      I also have bad sinus issues and nothing seems to help!! My face swells from time to time but I get the same response **bad sinus infection **. Now I’m at the point where my left eye waters all the time with green drainage and it just won’t go away!! Do I see an eye doctor or an ENT doctor ??
      Can you help me

    • Avatar Corri Peterson on October 6, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Hi Mary,
      Yes, it is possible due to the fact that flu shots have a lot of mercury in them, which is toxic. I personally don’t get a flu shot, due to the side effects. I do take vitamin C supplements and they help keep illness to a minimum.
      About the eye drainage, I would see an eye doctor. If they can’t help, maybe they can recommend a doctor who can. My eye doctor knows I have Graves’ so he keeps watch for changes.
      I hope this helps.
      Good luck!
      I hope you feel better soon!

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