Flu injections and Crohns

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dogsy
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   Posted 9/2/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi first time post ,I am curious if people with Crohns have had a bad reaction to a flu injection and what the side effects have been,my wife has Crohns and had a flu injection and has arthritis like problems ,not sure if it is because of the flu injection or combination of both the Crohns and injection, Thks Dogsy :

Marlowe
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   Posted 9/2/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I have never had any problems with the flu shot and my doctor urges me every year to get the flu shot.
Marlowe
Crohn's disease, currently no medications, 2 surgeries, ostomy since 2004


lilcrohnieUK
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   Posted 9/2/2009 11:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had the flu jab every year for about 6 years, just waiting for the swine flu one to come available! Never had any problems except maybe a slightly dead arm wink
 
 


lamb61
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   Posted 9/3/2009 3:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been getting my flu shots faithfully for the past 5 years with no problems. In fact the company I work for gives out free ones every fall.
 


Nanners
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   Posted 9/3/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I am with all of the above, I get a flu shot every year and never have had a problem. The flu shot is a NOT a live virus, just fyi.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Blossom
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   Posted 9/3/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't had any longterm problems (that I know of)from flu shots; however, for a day or two after getting them I generally get a slight fever and become achy all over.  This reaction is not uncommon.

54 year old female;
 
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for over 9 yrs.   My first small bowel surgery was on 7-30-09.
 
On Humira since Dec. 2008.  Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  


Lady G
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   Posted 9/3/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
some pains aren't uncommon for a few days after flu shots. I too get mine every year with no side effects. plus I'll get the swine one too when its available.
 


ISF13+
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   Posted 9/3/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
No side effects from the flu vaccine.  In fact, we fall into the high risk category so it's important for us to get one.  There is not "live" virus in the vaccines so the shots, by themselves, should not make you sick.  I know this from working in a health clinic for the past 8-yrs.  I hope you feel better soon.
Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum. 
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Hyomax, Welchol 625mg, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone, Flagyl, Vancomycin & Entocort
"LIFE IS NOT HOW YOU SURVIVE THE STORM, BUT HOW YOU DANCE IN THE RAIN...."


Keeper
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   Posted 9/3/2009 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Any connection to Crohn's is unknown. There is an uncommon reaction to immunizations that happens in susceptible individuals called "reactive arthritis". For a case study showing this connection, see: Clinical Rheumatology

Fawn0209
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   Posted 9/3/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
The doctor asks me if I have any joint pain every time I see him, so it seems as stated above that there can be some sort of reaction.

Anyhow... the medication I take for Crohn's is also used to treat Rheumatoid arthritis.

Keeper
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   Posted 9/3/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
The article indicates that indomethacin was used for reactive arthritis, so maybe it is a bit different....

Nanners
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   Posted 9/4/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have taken the flu shots for years, and I have never had more than a sore arm for a day or two. I agree with ISF that we are consider as having underlying conditions and should take the shot. IMO
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

flowery
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   Posted 9/4/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I got the flu shot about 6 years ago and got really fluish for 2 days...Dr. told me it was a fluke. So the following year I did it again...Same thing happened! Flu like symptoms throughout my whole body. really stunk! Once again the following year my Dr. reccomended I get it...did it again...FLU again!!!
I don't get it anymore! I'm nervous about H1N1... just been a big hand washer and praying...
Flowery
 41 yr old woman with 12 surgerys under my belt. Diagnosed in 2005 CD. PTSD 1999. Gullbladder taken 2000, Hysterectomy 2005, Back surgery 1998 with herniation L-4, L-5, S-1. Two-Re-sections on small intestine, total of 18 inches taken out 2006. Stomach Herniation from re-section 2007, Been getting kidney stones too! The good news...finding this website.
                Meds: Imuran 200mg daily, asacol, Bentyl, Coelestid, occasional flagyl and cipro, high blood pressure meds, paxil 25 mg, 4/20meq's potassium, synthroid...& try to get alot of laughter in.
                         


Nanners
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   Posted 9/4/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Flowery are you by any chance allergic to eggs? That could have been the cause of your reaction. Just a thought.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Blossom
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   Posted 9/5/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   

According to the CDC itself, a NORMAL side effect of getting flu vaccines is feeling achy and having a fever.  Check out these CDC links. 

http://www.cdc.gov/FLU/protect/keyfacts.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-flu.pdf

These normal side effects do not mean that it causes a person to contract an illness from it.  (Think of side effects such as from medications.  Some people get them and some don't).  Also, having an egg allergy (and then receiving the flu shot) would most likely cause a more serious reaction.

Hope this helps!


54 year old female;
 
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for over 9 yrs.   My first small bowel surgery was on 7-30-09.
 
On Humira since Dec. 2008.  Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  


Jillybean1887
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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Thankfully, I have never had a problem receiving the flu shot. My GI always recommends it. No side effects or anything. This is the first season that I am off Humira, so I will be curious to see if it makes any difference.

Jill
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2000
Bowel Resections 6/05, 11/05 & 7/06 (removal of terminal ileum and appendix)
Aorta to Celaic Artery ByPass (1/22/2009)
Dilaudid 8 mg. twice daily
Cymbalta 60 mg.
Ativan 1mg 3 times a day
Phenergan 25 mg. twice a day 
Zofran 8mg. prn
Hydroxine 25mg. twice a day
B12 Injections every 2 weeks
Coumadin 2 mg. daily
Baclofen 19 mg. 2 times a day
Zanaflex 4mg. 3 times a day
 


Nanners
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   Posted 9/7/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jillybean!!! Welcome back its good to see you posting again.

Hugs
Gail*Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

thehef47
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   Posted 9/7/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had a "regular" flu shot each year for 10-12 years. One year I still got the flu. My present GI Dr. said that he would approve the regular flu shot for me.  So far he is not recommending getting the H1N1 shot for his Crohn's patients. He said he does not have enough information about the actual H1N1 shot content as yet.
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