Flu shot -- while on Remicade

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cra43
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   Posted 11/6/2008 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi  all,   just wondered if it is safe to get a Flu shot while your on Remicade.  Does having your immune system lowered make you sick if you get the shot?  Thanks

ediekristen
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   Posted 11/6/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not on Remicade but I am on Azasan which also lowers the immune system and two days after getting my first ever flu shot I got a horrendous viral infection; it looked and felt like strep but the rapid strep culture came back negative so they weren't sure what it was- they treated it with amoxicillin and it went away in a few days anyway but I have a hard time believing it was just a coincidence. So, needless to say I'm never going to get a flu shot again.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

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Lexapro 10mg, Sulfasalizine 3000mg/day, Azasan 100mg

 
 


Judy2
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   Posted 11/6/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
The flu shot is not a live virus, so perfectly safe to get while on Remicade or any other immunosuppressant. In fact most doctors will tell you it's especially important to get it because with a suppressed immune system, you're more likely to catch the flu than most people.
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Christine1946
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   Posted 11/6/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
    My GI doctor always suggests getting the flu shot.  However, every time I get it, I wind up with the flu anyway.  The last two years I avoided getting the flu shot....also didn't get the flu. 
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vega19
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   Posted 11/7/2008 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   

I just got mine yesterday.  So far so good!

V


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(4) 400mg Asacol 3x a day
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pb4
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   Posted 11/7/2008 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
If you are allergic to eggs, consult your doctor before getting a flu shot: Because the egg in which the virus was grown cannot be completely extracted, people with hypersensitivity to egg products may have to try other options to fight the flu. One rare reaction to the vaccine is the Guillain-Barr Syndrome, a severe paralytic illness that was particularly prevalent during the Swine flu vaccinations in 1976.

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Winter
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   Posted 11/7/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   

My GI told me to take a flu shot every year. Avoid the flu mist. It is a live vaccine. I have never felt bad after taking a flu shot.


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Remicade every 8 weeks
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Windbag
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   Posted 11/7/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   

I've just had a letter from the GP to ask me to go for one as I'm immunosuppressed.I haven't caught anything, not even a tiny cold since going onto Azathioprene 18 months ago. I am surrounded by sickies at work and still don't seem to catch anything going, so wondering if I should stay as I am, unprotected? What does anyone else think? History of ill health before UC diagnosis is zilch.

UC since 2005, aged 42 at diagnosis. 2 1/2 years mostly on prednisolone, phased out February 08. Now just 150mg Azathioprene and 750mg Mesalazine. Slow transit, no bleeding since June, but LOADS OF WIND!!!! OUCH!!!!!!


dothu
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   Posted 11/7/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on Remicade; talked to the Doc. Ok for Flu Shot but no nasil spray; had flu shot - all is fine.

Dr-A
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   Posted 11/8/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Windbag said...
I've just had a letter from the GP to ask me to go for one as I'm immunosuppressed.I haven't caught anything, not even a tiny cold since going onto Azathioprene 18 months ago. I am surrounded by sickies at work and still don't seem to catch anything going, so wondering if I should stay as I am, unprotected? What does anyone else think? History of ill health before UC diagnosis is zilch.


Even with the shot or the mist you can still be susceptable to the flu. Eat well, exercise, wash the hands, get a good nights sleep and keep the stress down. Still practice this stuff no matter what you choose.
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it'smylife
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   Posted 2/23/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
cra43 said...
Hi all, just wondered if it is safe to get a Flu shot while your on Remicade. Does having your immune system lowered make you sick if you get the shot? Thanks

I am on Remicade and get my flu shot as usual with no side effects. I have been on the Remicade for over a year now as a treatment for Crohn's Disease.

cra43
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   Posted 2/23/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all.  My son got his flu shot back in November, and so far so good.   He has had 3 Remicade infusions with no side affects....yet...
He did catch the cold that my husband had in January, and it lasted longer then usual with coughing and lots of mucus.
He is fianlly feeling his old self,  and over  that cold.  A lot of normal folks had this cold, and like my son, it lasted a long time for them too.  He is due for his next Remicade in March.  He has noticed a difference. He no longer has that urgency to go, and no pain or blood.  Just about 3 times in the morning and he is good for the day.  He is a happy guy now..  blush    Take care.
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