Is flu mist ok?

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Jusdebbie
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   Posted 11/2/2007 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok so heres the deal.  I take 100mg 6mp and had my last remicade 2 weeks ago.  My gastro told me it was ok for me to get the flu mist and therefor also ok to be near my kids who will be getting it too.  Now the pediatricians say its not ok for me to get it since im immune suppressed and its a "live virus."  Whats the truth here????  I hear its live and then i hear its not.  I refuse to get the shot cuz im a baby and have enough needles between remicade and bloodwork all the time!!  What would you do?

JudyK89
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   Posted 11/2/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I've always heard that the flu mist was a live virus and if you're immune compromised (as you are) you should get the shot which is a killed virus.
Judy
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 11/2/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Judy is 100% right. The flu mist is a live virus and the shot isn't. I get the shot every year. Good Luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Lisa430
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   Posted 11/2/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Flu mist is live virus. I was told my son, who has asthma, could not get the flu mist because it was live. The virus in the shot is definitely killed. I just got my shot last week.

teddybearweiser
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   Posted 11/3/2007 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I would get the flu shot not the flu mist. My doctor said no to the flu mist.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
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LynnRN
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   Posted 11/3/2007 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
All I can say is ditto to what all the others have said. I jsut got my flu shot last week.

njmom
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   Posted 11/3/2007 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Ditto...flu mist is live virus, but vaccine is not.

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 11/4/2007 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Ditto, shot is best for us.
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Jusdebbie
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   Posted 11/4/2007 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Im so bummed!  How can doc not know this first of all?  But really, i am afraid of needles!  Guess i need to suck it up huh?  Not worth risking getting something from the live virus or getting the real flu from having no vaccine.  Now, what about being around my kids after they have the flu mist?  Thanks for the info guys.

JudyK89
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   Posted 11/4/2007 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Your kids "can" shed some of the live virus if they get the nasal mist. I would talk to another doctor, maybe the pediatrician, they will know what to do. Can your kids get the shot? It really wasn't bad at all, I just had mine done 2 weeks ago.
Judy
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 

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