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BourbonBob
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   Posted 11/4/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Is it a good idea to get the flu shot, if you have fibromyalgia?

Sherrine
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   Posted 11/4/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Bob, and welcome!  We had that discussion a couple of weeks ago.  Here is the link about it.  You will see there are differing opinions.  Hope this helps you.
 
 
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Nanners
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   Posted 11/5/2009 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I got the flu shot and did not have anything more than a sore arm afterwards. My fibro was not affected at all.
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Chutz
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   Posted 11/5/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bob!

And Welcome to our Fibro Family. I got both of mine but in our area, as in most, the H1N1 are limited. For the middle aged group, 18 or 24 on to 64, they are on the bottom of the list. Only if you have a disease/disorder that compromises your immune system can you get your now. Soon there will be enough for everyone. But it's wise to think ahead early. I received mine because I'm a diabetic on insulin. But for now hubby can't get his.

Should you get one? First off.....Mine was sore also. They told me it would be more sore than the regular flu shot and it was. But compared to my fibro it was hard to tell. Is it the shot or the fibro...lol Funny but NOT funny. My upper arm was what was much more sore than normal but it only lasted about 2 days. Way better than the flu which would likely hospitalize me.

Then if you are in the group that has enough vaccine right now you can either choose to get it or talk it over with your doctor. Or you could just say now. But here's the problem. The regular flu shot we can get each year gives us immunity from about 3 types of flu strains which are fairly closely related. You will have some immunity built up over the past few years to some of the flu strains but need the shots to help fight off the newer ones. Previous strains are not related closely enough to keep you immune to all flu viruses. With the H1N1 virus, and others that have circles the globe in the past, it is not related to any of the other flues we've seen before. So, no one has any immunity built up to them...at all! That is why you hear the word 'pandemic' which is supposed to zap terror in the minds and hearts of all!...lol

Yes, this is serious but there's no need for the panic that has been seen in some places. The only thing any of us might want to consider is asking questions on now this particular vaccine is made and who dropped the ball on getting some. From things I've read it seems we need to hold some politicians and heads of agencies feet to the fire. It was possible to have plenty of vaccine for everyone.

Consider your age, your health and your susceptibility to lots of germs. My grandson lives with us and goes to college about an hour away. I made him get shots too! But in my opinion, I would list fibro as the last thing I'd worry about when it comes to whether I get an injection or not.

Hope this helps,
Chutz
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