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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 1/11/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
it may be too late in the season, but i was never comfortable getting the shot. i am wondering if my daughter should have it?will getting the flu make her any sicker than a healthy young person getting the flu?
is it reccommended for people with uc. i'm still thinking about that gardasil shot i gave her right before her symptoms began. vaccines worry me.-thanks
Mom to 19 year old daughter diagnosed 11/07.
asacol 2 3x daily-discontinued
colazal 3 3x daily/switched to 4 4x daily
proctofoam 3x daily/1-2xdaily
mesalamine enema 1x daily
canasa suppostiories 3x daily /switched to court supp 1-2x daily
culturelle probiotic 1 daily/switched to danon activiea?
chewable vitamin
hydrocortisone enema at bed time

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 1/11/2008 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I always get the flu shot. I get sick very easily and it is not worth it to me.
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100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-9 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Nexium
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 1/11/2008 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
They recommend that anyone that has a chronic health condition get the flu shot. I get one every year (so does my 16 year old son because he has asthma) and I have never had any adverse reaction to it other then a sore arm. And it's never too late to have the flu shot. The flu can be especially hard on us because it can trigger flares. Also, if someone is on steroids or immune suppressors, it lowers the immune system which can make a flu worse.
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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 1/11/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I get a flu shot every year. I also got the pneumonia shot last year because I was on Imuran and my doctor recommended it.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 289
   Posted 1/11/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I was told by my daughters Ped GI to always get the shot (never the mist).
Daughter 5, UC
Pentasa 2X2 daily
Omega 3
Folic Acid 1000mcg.

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 1/11/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I have not had the flu since I have been getting the flu shot for the past 5 years.
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 100
   Posted 1/11/2008 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was younger, my mom would always take me to get the flu shot and then as I got a little older I never got one...I probably went about 15 years without getting the vaccine and how I managed to go that long without getting the flu is beyond me...Just an occassional cold, some worse than others but never the flu...I was just diagnosed with UC last year and my Dr. recommended me getting one...I was also on prednisone and remicade, so that increased my chances of getting the flu...Anyway, my point being I did get the shot this year, first time in a really long time...No side effects, just a sore arm...
28 Yrs old
Dx UC 3/07
4 Asacol 3x/day (when I remember to take them)
5mg Prednisone
Remicade (only had three infusions)
Fish Oil supplements

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 2204
   Posted 1/11/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
A bout of flu landed me in the ER after my UC diagnosis. I've been getting the shot ever since.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.

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