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Expert Opinion on Flu Shots?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by Andrew, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. Andrew

    Andrew Senior Member

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    What do the ME/CFS experts say about flu shots? What are their experiences with patients who have flu shots? Also, what about pneumonia shots?
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    WillowJ Senior Member

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    this is what Dr. Lapp says: http://drlapp.com/resources/influenza-vaccination/

    here is a summary version of several recommendations:
    http://www.healthcentral.com/chronic-pain/c/5949/145399/fibromyalgia

    There are some recent studies:

    http://forums.phoenixrising.me/inde...patients-with-chronic-fatigue-syndrome.20956/

    http://forums.phoenixrising.me/inde...mmune-function-in-patients-with-cfs-me.20563/

    and maybe more

    I personally avoid all vaccines because I have severe downturn in my illness. For me it's better to avoid certain worsening rather than hope the shot will provide a benefit (seems uncertain whether our immune systems will work right anyway). The choice won't be the same for everyone.
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  3. Sushi

    Sushi Moderator and Senior Member Albuquerque

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    There are differing opinions though my docs have told me to avoid both of them.

    Sushi
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  4. gretac

    gretac

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    Ditto what Sushi said.
  5. HowToEscape?

    HowToEscape? Senior Member

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    YMMV.

    Some of us have nasty reactions to flu shots, not surprising for folks with bollixed immune systems. OTOH, I ask for the flu shot and seem to have a mild flu or none each season that I've used it. I live in a huge, filthy city so whatever's going around has a good chance to reach me at some point and figure a full course of flu would set me back quite a bit.

    I believe that it would help us if 100% of healthy people would get the shot. There'd be less flu around (though not none) for us to catch.

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