Will a Flu Shot Prevent Pleurisy?

  • Medical Author:
    George Schiffman, MD, FCCP

    Dr. Schiffman received his B.S. degree with High Honors in biology from Hobart College in 1976. He then moved to Chicago where he studied biochemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago Circle. He attended Rush Medical College where he received his M.D. degree in 1982 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at the University of California, Irvine.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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Ask the experts

I have had pleurisy three times in the last three months. Will a flu shot help my situation?

Doctor's response

Pleurisy involves inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity. This can be seen with anything that causes irritation of the pleura. The flu vaccine is more specific for infections with influenza A and influenza B viruses. These viral infections are not particularly associated with the development of pleurisy. Although it is good to get a flu vaccine annually, this will most likely not prevent the development of pleurisy.

Medically reviewed by Robert Bargar, MD; Board Certification in Public Health & General Preventive Medicine

REFERENCE:

"Acute pericarditis: Clinical presentation and diagnostic evaluation"
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Reviewed on 9/15/2017

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