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#1 Helen

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 07:56 PM

Hi All

It is winter here in Australia and I am on my second bout of flu in a month. My rheumatologist said I needn't have a flu shot, but the general practitioner I saw on the weekend...because I couldn't stop coughing said that I should have it.
I am on Prednisone 7.5mg and Methotrexate and he said that would be lowering my immune system.
Do you guys get the flu shot? This doctor also said I should have the pneumonia shot as well.
Apparently there is a bad flu coming through from New Zealand and they are saying that people with heart and lung problems should have their flu shots.
Do you think there is a reason why my rheumatologist said not to have it?
Thanking you for your help in advance

Helen

#2 bawana

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:33 PM

Hi Helen

I think it is got to be your choice, but some of the feedback that you'll get here should help you decide.

For me... my doctor bugged me for years to get it, I always stayed away from it out of concern that it may make things worse.
I decided to get it because I was getting more flu's plus they were staying longer and everytime, I would get a little worse with my heart and lungs. They never seemed to come fully back to the way they were before.

The first year, I expected to feel quite bad because most people do and then the following year it's suppose to be fine. I was quite ok that first year and have been getting one ever since. If I do get the flu, it's very mild and short lived.
so for me.... I say yes get it. LOL my scleroderma areas are....muscle, bone, joints, skin, GI, heart lungs kidneys and liver...lol in others words tip to toe.
it was a good choice for me.

The pneumonia shot I had 2 years ago, figured the flu shot was alright ,so I did the pneumonia one. all is good there to. Unlike the flu shot...having to be done every year. This one is a one time only. Plus it protects you against 24 or 27 different types of pneumonia. With the lungs the way they are ...pneumonia is the last thing we need.

so for me...it's a yes for both shots

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:42 PM

Helen,

I'm in New Zealand, and ever since my husband and I had a very bad bout of flu together, we've both had the flu shots every year. I had sclero at the time, and my husband took 4 weeks to get over that flu while I took 9 weeks!!

I also have the pneumonia shot, and Bawana, I've been told to have it every 5 years as that's how long it lasts.

I don't seem to have any side effects from either shot, but even if I did, I'd sooner have them than have 9 weeks of misery with the flu!

But don't have any shots while you are still getting over a bug.

Warm hugs,

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Posted 05 July 2007 - 09:09 PM

Hi sherrill

good to hear the shots work good for you to.
Maybe where you are the pneumonia shot is a bit different. Here in Canada, it's a one time shot. Once you get it , you never need another...........lol different juice I guess. Before they give it to you , they have to check your records to mske sure you've never had it because you can't have it twice.
That's interesting.....lol...I would have thought they'd all be the same.

Take Care

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:42 AM

Helen,
I hope you are feeling better...
My rheumatologist and primary Dr. told me to have the flu shot. I am not sure why your rheumatologist said not to get it. Some people just do not believe in them. Maybe this is the case.
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Posted 06 July 2007 - 04:19 AM

I'm in the states. Last year I got the flu shot for the first time and pnemuonia shot without any problems. I read that it was a good idea. I'm totally for anything that prevents sickness since our bodies take longer to heal and longer to get over colds.

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 06:53 AM

Helen,

I am in USA and suffering from Scleroderma, Reynaud, Severe reflex, and diabetes. I have been taking flu shots along with pneumonia shots. I believe flu shot changes each year based on type of flu anticipated and pneumonia shot you need every 3-5 years.

If I were you, I will grab first opportunity to take flu shot.
Kind regards,

Kamlesh


#8 Sheryl

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 08:37 AM

Helen, I have always gotten the flu shot. At least for the last 15 years give or take a year or two. I have had two pneumonia shots. I had pneumonia 5 times in two years so I was given a pneumonia shot in 95. I had another one in 2005. My physician said the shots last ten years. He also said, after I have had my third shot I should never have to get another one. So maybe, by 2015 when I have my third one the rules will have changed. I feel it is always better to keep myself as safe as possible. When I was young I could fight off the pneumonia. Now, with the scleroderma diagnosis I don't think I could fight it for long peroids at a time. Good luck with your decision in regards to the vaccine. Sheryl
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Posted 06 July 2007 - 10:45 AM

I have been getting the flu shot for the past 10 years, but I will not be anymore. I dont know if they contribute to health problems, but at this point I think I will skip them.

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 01:10 PM

My rheumatologist said to get a flu shot and I also got a pneumonia vaccine. I think I was told to do the pneumonia every two years.
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Posted 06 July 2007 - 11:35 PM

All my doctors want me to get a flu shot, plus a pneumonia shot,which is supposed to last for 5 years I think. After my last bout with the flu, of which I spent 3 days in the hospital, one of my doctors thought I should get two flu shots. I have never experienced any bad side effects from the shot, so will continue to get one every year.
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Posted 07 July 2007 - 06:16 AM

Helen,
I get the flu shot each year, but I don't have the flu when I get it. Since the shot is the flu virus, it's probably not a good idea to get the shot when you are already sick with the flu. I'm not a doctor, so that's just my opinion.

When I had pneumonia back in January, one of the hospital nurses wanted to give me the pneumonia shot. I told my pulmonologist about it and her response was "You already have pneumonia! Getting the shot now would make it worse. We'll give it to you when you're back on your feet and no sign of pneumonia."

It's interesting all the variations in the length of the pneumonia shot. I was told every 10 years. Go figure!

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 01:25 PM

Hi,

As most of you know I am a nurse. I HIGHLY suggest all of you receive a flu shot unless you've had an allergic reaction to it in the past.

I get one every year.
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Posted 07 July 2007 - 08:20 PM

Hi Helen I also faithfully take the flu shot.I've has the pneumonia and they said it would last 5 years.Never had any problems so will continue to take it.My husband skipped it this year but he is going to take it this year. Mary

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 04:45 AM

Hi Helen, absolutely, I never miss getting the Flu Shot. I finally talked my husband into it this year as well. I know we all are differant, with many differant problems, but it seems to me a lot of the girls here agree. Good luck to you.

Jackie S.

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 05:29 PM

Hi Helen,

My dr. also advises me and my husband as well since I am immunosuppressed to get the flu shot every year. I also get a pneumonia vaccine every 5 years.

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 07:33 AM

Hi Helen :)
I have been getting the flu shot since about 1994, also got the pneumonia shot a couple of years ago - here in the USA, I think sometimes it depends on the doctor, clinic whatever when they determine about the pneumonia shot - my doctor says every 5-8yrs it should be repeated....At one time they did say it would last a lifetime, but they have since changed their ideas on that.......

Now with the flu shot - most definetly - the flu shot we receive here in the USA DOES NOT have a live culture in it, so you are safe... When flu shots have been scarce here, I actually can get them before some others because of my SD... I know there is a flu vaccine that is given through your nostrils, and if I'm correct, that one is a NO, NO, because it has live cultures in it........

I was always told anything with live cultures I should stay away from, not only myself, but if my grandchildren, or whomever get any vaccines that have live cultures in, I am told not to go near them for atleast 10-14days .......

Take Care..........hugs........Donna

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Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:48 PM

Hi All,

I JUST emailed Dr. Thomas Lehman, who is a juvenile scleroderma expert, on the subject of live vaccinations. If any of you have his book, he has a chart on page 314 which gives his opinion on what vaccinations to get/skip based on your illness and medication. He advised against ANY live vaccinations if you have a current/active arthritic condition and if you take immunosuppressants. He does NOT consider Plaquenil to be an immunosuppressant, but methotrexate and several others are. However, when it comes to the flu vaccination, he doesn't really state if he is for or against it. My daughter's rheumatologist has recommended it for my 6 year old for the past 2 seasons, and my pediatrician is great enough that she gives me the version that does not contain thimerasol (a mercury based preservative).

Take care,

Jennifer

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Posted 12 July 2007 - 03:31 PM

Helen,

I'm just chimin' in about the flu shot. I've been getting them for the past 3 years, and I've also had a pneumonia shot, and I have lung issues. No negative side effects from either one, except for the soreness after the pnuemonia shot. Ouch, couldn't move my arm for a day. I'm in the states as well, and I plan to get a flu shot this year too.

Like others have said, I think the choice has to be your own.

Good luck with your decision.
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Warm and Happy to you! Vee