Will you get the swine flu shot?

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   Posted 10/20/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
hi mull here just wondering if people are going to take swine flu jab,
very confused on weather to take it or not ,i would be grateful for
some feedback

Post Edited By Moderator (Nanners) : 10/21/2009 7:11:46 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/20/2009 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
The CDC is recommending that people taking immunosuppressant medications get the H1N1 vaccination.
You are taking purinethol which falls into that category. Have you discussed this with your physician? What is she/he recommending?
My primary physician strongly urged me to get both the seasonal influenza and the H1N1 vaccination. My rheumatologist said the seasonal flu shot is a must for me. She said that if I had the opportunity to get the H1N1 vaccination, I could get it but she feels that H1N1 is less of a risk for me because I was born before 1957.
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   Posted 10/21/2009 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   

This is a recent discussion we had about this subject.

Good luck!

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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 10/21/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Highly recommended.  Just don't do the mist version.  Only the injectable.  :-)
Crohn's Disease. 
Diagnosed 13+ years ago. 
Been in remission for short periods of time but each time I come out of remission my disease seems to have spread.  No longer isolated in my ileum, now from stomach down to rectum. 
Current Medications for the Crohns:  Humera 40mg injections every other week, Imuran 150mg, 3xday, Hyomax, Welchol 625mg, Calcium, Acidophilus & Potassium
Previous Medications I've been on:  Asocal, Pentasa, Cipro, Prednisone, Flagyl, Vancomycin & Entocort

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   Posted 10/21/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 10/21/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I am immune compromised, I watch a newborn baby, a two year old and I am in the 24 - 65 year old age group that is recommended to get the shot. So I hit 3 out of the 6 or 7 categories on the CDC list. Yes, as soon as I can get the shot I will be standing in line.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

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   Posted 10/21/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes. Hopefully I can get it next time I go in for my Remicade, Nov 9th. I already took the regular flu shot.

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Resection in 1990
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Entocort 3mg 3 pills each morning.
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Anemic again, Start Iron infusions August 31.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
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   Posted 10/21/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Most likely, I'm a little bit nervous about it because of the complications, but they seem to be about the same as from the regular flu shot (I've never had a regular flu shot though). I'm seeing my doctor on Monday so I'm going to discuss it with her. I'd probably feel a bit more comfortable waiting a couple of weeks to see how the vaccinations go, but I'll probably end up just getting it as soon as I can anyway.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently recieving the abt 874 infusion. I actually had an appointment and infusion today. I talked to my GI and my reseach nurse about getting the h1n1 shot. My nurse had had the injection form of it and told me that I would need to recieve the injection and not the mist due to the mist being live and the injection not. But it was recommended to me, just not the mist. I suppose with most of us with compromised immune systems the injection version would probably be the best route.  You'd have to talk to your doc about it though, everyone is different.
Still don't know if I'm going to go get it though.

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   Posted 10/22/2009 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
No, I will not. I've just recovered from the flu, and I'm doing fine without it. I've had too many examples of people being harmed by it to really want it.
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   Posted 10/22/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I will get it. From everything I have heard it is made the same way as the seasonal flu shot, just a different strain. I get the seasonal flu shot every year without problems, and will get this one when available too. My grandson has the swine flu right now, and is a very sick boy. I can't imagine what having that bad of flu would do to my delicate system. But it must be the shot, not the mist as the mist is a live virus and shot isn't. Good luck!
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Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
It's scary when you start making the same noises As your coffee maker.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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   Posted 10/22/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure.
I have never ever had a flu shot before and I am still alive :)

I actually think I have the swine flu now have had fever for over three days.
25 year old female
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Endometriosis march 2007
Anxiety disorder august 2007
CD/UC they dont know witch October 2008
Autoimmune Hepatitis in July 2009
And now they think I have Lupus :S

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   Posted 10/22/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I will NOT be getting it. I am sad that I got the regular flu shot.
Humira 2 times a month.
Prednisone 2.5mg every other day(10/3/09)
Lialda 2 X day
Imuran 150mg day
Phenergen PRN
Remeron 30mg day
Pain Meds

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   Posted 10/22/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
NOPE! ...times 12 (immediate family and extended family)

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   Posted 10/22/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Please contact your doctor on whether or not to get the flu shot.
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   Posted 10/22/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep. My doc says I need to. Only trouble is, he has not received it . I'm on the list though. Hope I stay off the other list until then.
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   Posted 10/23/2009 2:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Had it yesterday!
31 year old, female.
Diagnosed with severe ulcerative proctitis, Mar 2009. (awating results of tests to rule out Crohn's).
?2 fistulas, seton fistulotomy july 2009, 2nd fistula ?currently dormant. Awaiting MRI result.
Currently taking, 1200mg asacol TDS, 1g Pentasa supp BD, Probiotics, zinc supplement.
Prenisolone course completed Oct 09
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   Posted 10/24/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
27 Year old married female lawyer.  Diagnosed w/ CD 5 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For Crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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   Posted 10/24/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, but my doctor recommends there be 2 weeks in between the seasonal flu shot and the H1 N1 shot. I consulted both my GI's and my family doc and everyone is on the same page which is always a good thing.


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   Posted 10/24/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   

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       Posted 10/25/2009 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   
    Would like to, but they are only giving it out at the health department. Thursday they had their first H1N1 shot clinic, at 1 pm. People started lining up at 6 am! They gave a 1000 shots and turned several hundred away, that waited for over 7 hours! So if that's what it takes, nope I won't be getting one.

    I did get the regular flu shot (even that they are running short of). Thankfully I'm not on anything that suppresses my immune system right now, so hopefully that will help me. I'm also 31, so I'm beyond that young age that seems to be getting it extra bad. All things I'm trying to stay positive about. I'm also doing the usual hand washing, and trying to stay away from big crowds.

    I am disappointed in that it isn't being made readily available to those of us high riskers. It's been running rampant here already for months. By the time everyone will be able to get the shot, it will probably be too late.

    Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Celexa.

    Post Edited (Jen77) : 10/25/2009 2:08:40 AM (GMT-6)

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       Posted 10/25/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
    Yep, I got mine. Why not I thought! I have never had any side-effects from the regular flu shot and studies show that this one is pretty much the same. I know many people as well who have gotten it and no problems. My body could not handle getting any other illness right now.
    Everyone has there own opinion though. But if your on certain meds. it's a very good idea for the immune system sake.
    Good Luck!
    I have had Crohn's since I was 21 years old and am almost 29!!
    Unfortunately, my disease is drug resistent.  However, I will not give up and my amazing, positive hope, will remain always.  I was just recently married to the most amazing, loving, supportive husband that anyone could ever have.
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       Posted 10/25/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
    i have never had a problem with the reg flu shot but im going to ask the GI tomorrow if i should get them. My daughter had the h1n1 already and THANKFULLY i didn't get it (even with my immune suppressed system lol) believe it or not me and one of my other children were the only ones out of the 6 of us that didn't get sick lol. Im thankful though my lil one and my hubby were both very ill and i don't think i needed anything else upsetting my stomache. So i'll let ya know what the final decision is tomorrow
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