Sick with Flu and Remicade?

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   Posted 10/9/2007 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I am due to have my next remicade infusion next Friday (10 days from now) and I think I am getting sick with the flu. I have felt like crap for the past couple of days, but today I am pretty sure its a flu. My throat is sore, but not hurting like a strep.  My muscles are achy and I have the chills. I am going to see my gp this afternoon to see if there is anything she can do (and to make sure its not a throat infection that requires antibiotics). My question is, what do I tell the clinic when they call me next week to make sure I am healthy for my infusion. I know a flu can last that long. Will I not be able to get it?  I have been on Remicade since January and unbelievably, this is the first time I have been sick.  I am also on imuran, so isn't that going to make it harder to get better if my immune system is being suppressed?
If anyone has any experience with this, I would really appreciate hearing about it.

Edited to add: I just saw the post about the flu shot and I didn't want to add to that discussion. I do usually get the flu shot, they just aren't available here yet. I am more concerned with what does having the flu mean to my infusion.

32 year old Crohn's Mom of 2 great kids (ages 7 and 5) and a wonderfully supportive of DH.  Diagnosed in 1996. 1 resection in 1997. Have tried just about all the meds out there, currently on Remicade, Imuran, B12 shots, Pariet, Celxa and occassionaly Ativan. Have really scary reactions to steriods (Pred especially).

Post Edited (MomInTO) : 10/9/2007 10:20:48 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 10/9/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are sick with the flu you will have a fever over 100 degrees Farenheit. My GI always said that the requirements to be able to get the remicade are no fevers over 100 degrees and no thick yellow/green mucus (nasal). As long as you don't have that then you can get it.

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 10/9/2007 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Why don't you call them and ask, maybe you can reschedule your infusion appointment for another week out?
Diagnosed 1/06
CD of Terminal Ileum
Taking Pentasa, Prograf and Remicade.

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