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CFCATS
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   Posted 10/16/2006 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  HAS ANYONE HEARD IF IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO GET EITHER PNEUMONIA OR FLU VACCINES?  I WORK IN HEALTH CARE AND AM EXPOSED TO ALOT OF BUGS

rhondab
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   Posted 10/16/2006 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey CFCATS

Welcome to the board! I've asked that same question since ms is a disfunction of the immune system. I'm not dx'd, but try to react to things like this as if i were just in case! The answer i got was it's fine. I usually get the flu shot and have been told to continue that. I'm sure more will be along to give u their info on this as well. I'm glad u found the site and hope to see more of u!

rhonda

TiaJoy
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   Posted 10/17/2006 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry, i'm not sure if you mean because of the ms itself or because of the medication? i just started avonex and was asking my case manager about vaccines and other meds. clinical trails indicated that it was okay but I was advised to consult my doctor to make sure. that was just today so i haven't called him yet. And I think I read somewhere that if you are high risk for exposure to flu, etc that you should get the vaccine. benifits outweigh the risks. but again, check with your doctor.

uppitycats
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   Posted 10/17/2006 5:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is quite OK to get the flu and pneumonia shots, and is in fact recommended by, for example, the National Sclerosis Society (you can go to their web page and do a "search" and find the documentation for this.) Generally folks with MS are considered to be in the "high risk" categories if there is some shortage, and where you already work in health care and could pass it along to other very sick people, it is even more crucial for you to get both shots. (The pneumonia shot, I think is not needed annually -- once every 10 years, perhaps?)
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


whtedragons78
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 10/17/2006 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I asked my new neuro today if i should get the flu and pneumonia shot this season. I know the phneumonia one isnt done every yr. He said usually yes, but decided that since i am starting my copaxone injections today for us to skip it this year. Stated that we dont want to mistake sideeffects for the flu shot and vice versa.
Mother has MS, diagnosed 10 yrs ago.
Diagnosed with spastic colon in 2000.
Diagnosed with MS Sept 06.

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