Hi Fran, Yes I get the flu shot every year and pneumonia every 3 years. I have never had a problem. Your doctors are correct it would be much worse to get either of these viruses. As you know if you get this in your lungs your body will get rid of the illness unfortunately it won't stop there and it will start to attack your lungs. At least in theory. From somone who has lung problems I can tell you Please get the shots and keep up on them.
Don't worry about the questions hun, we all still run into questions and concerns. It's much better to ask if you have any doubts. Many people on the group do get the shots every year.
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All my doctors have encouraged me to get both vaccines. I've never had a reaction to them, and from what I understand most people don't get them anymore. When they used the "live" virus years and years ago people would have mild symptoms of the flu but that just doesn't happen anymore. If you get the flu within two weeks of getting the shot you would have gotten the flu anyways. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to start working.
Also, because of the Lupus it's important to remember not to take the vaccine where you inhale in through your nose. That vaccine is the "live" one and it will make a Lupus patient sick.
redrose,Sounds like you're one of the odd ones when it comes to flu vaccines. I'm one of the odd ones when it comes to tetanus vaccines. I have a high fever for 3 or 4 days, my whole body has aches and pains for days and I get the chills. Doctors have to have one or two patients that make them think a little more! lol
I just got my flu shot last week and had the pheumonia shot 2 years ago. I have never had a reaction from either as well. I hope this goes well for you and prevents you from getting iether.
This is such an individual thing. If I had not such a bad reaction to the Swine Flu vaccine way back in the mid to late 70s, which I believe triggered my CNS Lupus, I would probably get the flu vaccine (& pneumonia). Since I had such bad luck with that, I have been too afraid to get the flu shots ever since then. I realize I 'm risking becoming very ill by not taking the shots and I think you should do what you feel is right for you. Sounds like many on these boards take the shots and do just fine with them. Nan
Interesting I just came across this topic as I had this discussion with my rheumy yesterday.
I dont get a flu vaccine and I wont. My dr. supports that belief. She basically said that since I am on Plaq. and not another more aggressive immune suppressant drug she will support my choice. She said the more aggressive immune suppressant drugs (ex. cytoxan) put you at a much greater risk but w/Plaq. she felt I wasnt putting myself at any more risk than I would be going to the grocery store and getting exposed that way. I also just got an excellent set of labs and urine tests so I am very healthy right now aside from the lupus which is super managed at this point.
Of course, if you work in a high risk environment or profession things would be different. I should knock on wood but I have not had a flu in probably 7 or 8 years. My husband and I were discussing that on the way home yesterday.