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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

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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

 

Take Care

 

Bawana

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Guest Sherrill

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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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

 

Bawana

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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.

Take care,

Jen

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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.

 

peanut


You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate

my HMO makes me wear a helmet...

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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

 

 

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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


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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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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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.

Nan

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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.

~whirlway

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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!

 

Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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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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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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