So I got the swine flu vaccine.....

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   Posted 11/14/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
.....and now they're saying I have to have two??

When I went in just before the jab the doctor was asking me why I was having it, I told her I have Crohn's and am on methotrexate and she said "so you're immunosuppressed?" and I said yup and then she said "OK in that case you'll need to come back in a few weeks and have another"

From what I understand the vaccine they got in ISN'T two part, most people just get it once, so I'm just wondering why I have to have it twice? (I should have asked there really but it threw me and hey it was the morning, what student can function in the morning?!) why don't all people have to?

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   Posted 11/14/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Everything I have heard is you only need one shot. I would talk to your doctor and verify what this nurse told you. Good luck!
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   Posted 11/14/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
A friend of mine who had her daughter vaccinated told me that she had to go back in a month and have a second shot as well otherwise she wouldn't be protected. I don't know why it wouldn't be sufficient the first time either.

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   Posted 11/14/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
The article below explains why some people need two shots. It seems the number of shots is controversial, that US policies don't jive with WHO policies -- doesn't exactly inspire confidence that they know what they are doing. Seems they can't tell for sure whether the one shot is enough, so in many cases recommend two, taken some time apart.
The more I learn the more suspicious I am that they have no clue how this affects Crohn's, for better or worse:

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   Posted 11/14/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Babies (over 6 months...if they're younger, they cannot get a flu vaccine) need to have two doses of both the seasonal and H1N1 to be fully protected, because their immune systems are not fully developed. They also get more than one dose of all the "childhood" vaccines. I imagine it's the same for anyone who is immunosuppressed.
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