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Flu jab

Discussion in 'Immunological' started by Alexi, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. Alexi

    Alexi Senior Member

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    Yes or no ?
     
  2. Invisible Woman

    Invisible Woman Senior Member

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    It's a no for me. I considered it but as I have a lot of trouble with allergies my doc & I discussed it and decided against.

    On one side getting the flu triggers a really bad ME flare up. That can cost me a month plus.

    On the other hand the jab isn't effective against all flu strains.

    I know some pwME who have it every year & done who avoid it like the plague cause they say it caused a relapse.
     
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  3. Mrs Sowester

    Mrs Sowester Senior Member

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    A no from me, but I always react badly to immunisations.
     
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    user9876 Senior Member

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    I think the MEA has advice on this @charles shepherd may be able to point in the right direction. Its been discussed on other threads in previous years I think. But no clear answer. One factor I think I remember being discussed was the chance of picking up flu if someone is too ill to go to places where they may get the flu.
     
  5. *GG*

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    No, its not worth the supposed protection. Its easy to find a few source that say if you have CFIDS, do Not get the flue shot!

    GG
     
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  6. Dainty

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    Hard no for me.
     
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  7. charles shepherd

    charles shepherd Senior Member

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    The MEA info leaflet on flu vaccine is being updated for the 2017 - 2018 vaccine

    It should be available on the MEA website later in the coming week

    CS
     
  8. Wonko

    Wonko Senior Member

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    The other side.
    No, had it once, didn't enjoy it at all.

    4 buses, 10 mile round trip, taking 3 hours including over an hour standing waiting for buses, just to end up laid up for several days.

    Nope.
     
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  9. AndyPandy

    AndyPandy Making the most of it

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    No for me.
     
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  10. Tammy

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    Hell to the No!
     
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  11. rosie26

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    No from me also. I've never had one and never will.

    My mother had a serious reaction a couple of years ago to a flu vaccination. The day after the vaccination she was bedridden for six weeks with vertigo and went deaf in one ear.
     
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  12. *GG*

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    I had one a few years before coming down with this illness due to Mono.

    One of the winters when I did get the Flu shot, I was healthy then, not diagnosed with anything, but would come home from work 1 day a week and sleep for about 12 hours. Changed jobs and got the flu shot with my new employer, mentioned it to the person coordinating that effort, and she said she had the same experience, weird!

    GG
     
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  13. rosie26

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    Yeah.

    My mother had being getting a flu shot for a few years beforehand and had not had any notable reaction. So things can change. I still take the risk with tetanus vaccination and seem ok with that one for now but I do feel the flu vaccination is definitely not for me.
     
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  14. *GG*

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    No tetanus for me now for 20 years, heard the shingles vaccine is good to consider though, wonder if we might have more info on that eventually?

    GG
     
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  15. rosie26

    rosie26 Senior Member

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    I'm thinking I might just stick with the tetanus. I'm not sure if I want to try any other in the future since having ME.
     
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  16. IreneF

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    I talked about this with Dr. Montoya. He said a flu shot was ok, but not a shingles booster because I'm on antiviral meds. (I'm assuming Valcyte and Famvir don't affect the flu virus, but do affect herpes family viruses.)

    I had a flu shot about 10 days ago, for the first time. The only reaction I can attribute to it is a sore arm. No major crash (a doctor visit is enough to cause a day of PEM), no aches, not much of anything except a very sore arm.
     
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  17. Jennifer J

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    Yes for me with apprehension (cause I'm prone to allergic reactions to things).

    Here's a thread from earlier this year. In quotes below is my response on that thread.

    http://forums.phoenixrising.me/inde...et-immunized-for-hep-b-flu.49995/#post-824859

     
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  18. ladycatlover

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    I was offered the flu shot on Friday when we went to our GPs' practice open day. Refused it, explaining I had ME. Husband took advantage of the offer though. He figures if he's protected it's safer for me.

    As to tetanus, I had that done earlier this year as I still live in hopes of being able to do more gardening again. A few years ago I was an active member of a (UK) gardening forum, one of the members got tetanus and it damn near killed her - was in hospital for several weeks. We'd all been wondering where she'd got to as usually she was a frequent poster. So that was a bit of a wake up call that I should renew the tetanus shot!

    I'm pretty sure I'll go for the shingles jab when I'm offered it - have to be over 70 I think, so that'll be next year. I do think pretty hard about any vaccinations, as I believe the HepB jabs I had when I started in the lab may well have been a forerunner to me getting ME around 4 years later.

    Some of this stuff is prob a bit off topic, but I do find the whole vaccination topic of interest, not just the flu jab, though of course that comes up every year, and it's different every year too.
     
  19. Mrs Sowester

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    I haven't had a tetanus jab in 24 years because I reacted badly to the last one @ladycatlover I naively hope that I have immunity from the jabs I had as a youngster.
     
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  20. Judee

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    That's a resounding No. Many people I know, myself included, get sick after having the flu shot. I discussed it with my environmental allergist and he said it is because it creates immunity overload. If, unbeknownst to us, our systems are already fighting something, we all of a sudden have to fight something else (the vaccination) as well and then we get sick. It seems to make some sense to me. Plus, the other ingredients in the vaccinations are questionable and, I think, would create additional immunity overload (MCS) issues.
     

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