Ok, Lupus is a OVER active immune system, so it attacks everything, not just the bad germs. Like saying, "hey I think that foot is an enemy", and attacking it causing inflammation.
So, some of the meds we take are to DECREASE the immune system so it doesn't attack the normal body. This also means that it is weaker in it's attack on various bad germs, thus we need to be more cautious against germs, esp. around children & all the things they pass around.
If you are ONLY on plaquenil, there probably isn't any need for extra concern, as it doesn't dampen the immune system. And steroids decrease inflammation, again that doesn't dampen the immune system.
Other Lupus meds, such as Imuran, Cellcept, MTX, Benylsta ... are affecting our overactive immune systems, trying to shut off the oversensitivity. Since this is all imprecise, this often leaves us MORE susceptible to random bad germs.
All that said, you are probably at no more risk than the average person, but I know plenty of average, even healthy people who've been down 2-3 weeks this year due to whatever is going around.
I generally stick with the basics - don't touch anyone sick, wash hands often, and other generally good practices like that. Haven't been sick since I got Lupus, how crazy is that?
Hope that helps
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & LUPUS RESOURCES
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