Flu Shot Question?

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   Posted 10/6/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if I should get the flu shot. I never have before but now since I have Lyme I was wondering should I, or is it dangerous to get it when you have lyme?

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   Posted 10/6/2008 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
My LLMD always warned me to NOT do it!!!! She has always prescribed Tamiflu to help me ward off possible flu bugs. I don't think the flu shot for somebody with lyme is wise as our immune systems are very compromised - it may make you very sick!!


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   Posted 10/6/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I have always taken a small dose of Oscillococcinum (a homeopathic remedy - most health food stores sell it) once a week to prevent catching the flu. It works better than the shots because it is not specific to only one strain of the flu virus. And if I do manage to catch the flu (has only happened when I've forgotten to take the homeopathy...), taking the Oscillococcinum reduces the severity of symptoms and shortens the length of time I am sick.
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   Posted 10/6/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried to do some research on this but found nothing. I think I am going to get one.  My girls are getting one on Sunday.  I thought that people (children, elderly, etc.) who have compromised immune systems should get a flu shot. A compromised immune system would make the flu worse. Just being a devils advocate!

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   Posted 10/6/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never gotten one. I was always pretty healthy and didn't want to take any unnecessary rx's... plus I was in my early 30's and was healthy and happy.

Now, I see the "flu shot" posters in the IV clinic every morning and it just doesn't seem like a good idea to me because I'm so sick. I know it's probably very illogical and since I'm immune compromised I should probably get one.... but I'm going to follow my gut on this one and just skip it again. I will add though that my husband and step-kids always get one and my father-in-law and grandmother used to always get one and my parents do. It seems to work well for them.

Hope this helps.
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   Posted 10/7/2008 3:06 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor says NO to flu shots. They contain Mercury which is dangerous.


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   Posted 10/7/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. I don't think I am getting one.

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   Posted 12/17/2012 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't take the flu shot, it will worsen your symptoms, it put me in the hospital in 2010 four times and five times in 2011!

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   Posted 12/18/2012 1:51 AM (GMT -7)   
My Dr says no also.
All vaccines are to be avoided if possible. I needed to go to Africa 2 years ago (couldn't avoid it), but went without the yellow fever shot (it was recommended, but not obligated in that country - I didn't go to the jungle part of the country, and it wasn't raining season), I got the Hep A vaccine (I already had some antibodies, but not enough), and that was already hard to handle, I came back with a very serious pneumonia that took me 3 to 4 months to heal cause it pulled down my immunity even more.

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   Posted 12/18/2012 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
No no no no!!!

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   Posted 12/20/2012 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Yea, I never have gotten one before and don't plan on it. Really I think most drs push it b/c of herd immunity so I'm all for other people getting the shot - just not me.

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   Posted 12/20/2012 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had a flu shot, just to get the flu! LOL!! It's just a guarantee that I'll come down with the flu for me. Even if they do claim that it's a "killed virus", it still seems to make an awful lot of us with these infections quite ill!

Our immune systems are compromised, and our bodies are struggling with a massive amount of toxins! So introducing any virus/bacteria on purpose just doesn't make sense.
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   Posted 12/20/2012 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a four month old baby at home so I got the flu shot about two weeks ago. Feel the same, not worse or better, but my white blood cell count came down a little. I was wondering if the flu shot had something to do with that.

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   Posted 12/21/2012 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I won't take the flu shot! My hubby took it, had to for work. Ended up very sick anyway! My niece took it n lost her baby from it! I took it yrs ago n was very sick from it. Now I have LD n my immune system is down, I know I won't take it!
So far I haven't had it, even with my hubby having it. I just take things to boast my immune system.

The flu shot has mercury in it! NOT good for LD or anyone!
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