Posted 05 July 2007 - 07:56 PM
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
Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:33 PM
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
Posted 05 July 2007 - 08:42 PM
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.
Posted 05 July 2007 - 09:09 PM
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.
Posted 06 July 2007 - 02:42 AM
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.
Posted 06 July 2007 - 04:19 AM
You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate
my HMO makes me wear a helmet...
Posted 06 July 2007 - 06:53 AM
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.
Posted 06 July 2007 - 08:37 AM
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Posted 07 July 2007 - 06:16 AM
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 08 July 2007 - 05:29 PM
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.
Posted 10 July 2007 - 07:33 AM
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 .......
Posted 11 July 2007 - 02:48 PM
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).
Posted 12 July 2007 - 03:31 PM
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.
Warm and Happy to you! Vee