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   Posted 10/24/2007 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   

I was wondering if anyone here with AIH gets a Flu Shot?


I asked my doc and he said I should get one but I afraid that it will make me sick. I know a couple of healthy people that get flu symptoms after they get the shot and I just envision it being worse for me considering my immune system is impaired already.  


Has anyone had any good or bad experiences?


Thanks! :-)

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   Posted 10/24/2007 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   




I also have AIH and was told by my hepatoligist and GI doctor not to have the Flu shot because of the suppressed immune system.



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   Posted 10/24/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
LilacLuv, My son has cirrhosis of liver Hep b he was told Not to get flu shot! However, Dr. at clinic a few weeks ago told him to get one. Glad we didn't listen to that Dr.! His Hepatoligist told him again NO to flu shot! Don't want to confuse you get 2nd opinion!

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   Posted 10/25/2007 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   

My hep doc also said not to get a flu shot due to suppressed immune system. It is difficult when docs conflict with each other. I agree you should ask for a second opiinion.


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   Posted 10/28/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   

LilacLuv, The flu vaccine is used as a tool to prevent the widespread contamination of the virus. There are two schools of thought for use in immunosuppressed patients. Each one has a legitimate basis. First you have to understand that the flu shot DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE FLU. It takes about 10-14 days for the vaccine to work. If someone developes the flu after the vaccine is given than they were exposed to the flu before the shot was given and the vaccine has not had time to work yet.

The first school believes an immunosuppressed patient should recieve the vaccine to prevent the ravages of the influenza virus or at least minimize the virus' attacks on the body.

The second school believes that the vaccine itself may be too much for the immunosuppressed patient to tolerate as sometimes the vaccine will cause flu-like symptoms. If the patient is too immunosuppressed and they have symptoms it may be too much for the body to handle and they will become gravely ill and possibly even die.

Either way you should follow your Doctors advice. If you do not get vaccinated just follow good hygiene practices and avoid any public arena contact.

Flu vaccines are given yearly because the viruses mutate all the time. So last years vaccine will not be effective this year. I hope this helps a little.  

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