Can you get the flu shot while on Prednisone?

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   Posted 1/19/2011 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Just started Prednisone, and have a new baby in the house, and was recommended to my wife that everyone in the house get a flu shot, because of the baby? Can I get the dead virus flu shot will on Prednisone?

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   Posted 1/19/2011 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes...I get mine every year and I am on an immune suppressor.
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   Posted 1/19/2011 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
They gave me the flu shot but put my rabies vaccin off...I work in a vet lab.
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   Posted 1/19/2011 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup. My doctor told me I could get it, but NOT the nasal mist, which is a live virus, when on pred.
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   Posted 1/19/2011 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Agreed. Yes but DO NOT get the nasal mist.
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   Posted 1/25/2011 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
i think the best way to avoid the ful is to eat less carbs. the reson why i say this is so far i havent had a cold in 1 year which is very good for me. I used to get cold regularly and if someone in my department had a cold then i would defintaly get it with out fail. I work in a call center where there is alot of people and i have not got a cold or a ful. They were handing the flu shot out for free at work but i didnt get the shot. The people who did still got some sort of cold this winter. I at present have not had 1 day off sick yet, and these people who have better  immun systems than i do. they still got sick even after the ful shot. I dont know but i think that surgar feeds the viruses making them worse.

I think the ful shot will make things wrose for you not better. Well thats my opinion any way.

Post Edited (Hellokitty) : 1/25/2011 8:10:21 AM (GMT-7)

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