January 20, 2009 at 7:01 pm #7709
I am wondering if anyone takes a flu shot? I was told last year [B]NOT[/B] to. This may have been asked before, but I couldn’t find it. I am really afraid to get one, as I would hate to relapse. On the other hand, I remember my GBS started after a nasty bought with a chest cold. So far I am toughing it out, but have real concerns, as I work around a lot of people in my job.January 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm #79594
No, I don’t take the flu shot. Although I had GBS many years ago and may be a bit overly cautious, I don’t want to take the risk.
If you use the search function and type in vaccine, you should be able to pull up other threads regarding the flu shot and other vaccines.
Take care and stay healthy!!January 20, 2009 at 8:12 pm #79597
I was told never to get a flu shot again by my Doctors after getting GBS.
This is an issue that has been discussed several times on the forum.
Some will absolutely not get the shot and yet others have taken it with no problems. Some have gotten GBS after taking the flu shot.
This is a decision we must each make for ourselves.
ShirleyJanuary 21, 2009 at 2:02 am #79611
I weighed the odds and take the flu shot. I had not take the vaccine before developing GBS in 2007 but did take it a couple of months afterward during an extended stay in the hospital. I also took the vaccine this fall, again with no problem. I did discuss the decision with a physician and we concluded that at my age ( mid 70s ) it would not be a good idea for me to contact the flu. That was the basis of my decision. I note that most people, and apparntly many physicians, tend to recommend against the vaccine. It is certainly something to make you think twice about it.
I probably feel different than many others since I could never identify anything that might have touched off my GBS. The only exposure or symptoms of a virus I could identify was a very slight chest cold a few weeks before the onset–absolutely nothing out of the ordinary.
You can do a search for “Flu Vaccine for CDIP Patients” on this site and find additional discussion on the subject.
What mystifies me most about GBS is the fact that I spent a lengthy and varied life and never even heard of the condition until I developed it.January 21, 2009 at 8:25 am #79618
I got the flu from a flu shot and have been told many times to NEVER take the shot or any shots where eggs are used to develop the shot. People do not realize that this years flu shot is for last years flu. So if a new flu comes along you may get it.and it has been proven it DOESN’T EASE THE FLU IF YOU GET IT.
Also through testing they found many bottles that had no protection.I will let my God be my guide and I never want to go through what I did with GBS.Some states will not give a flu shot to someone with or recovering from GBS.A Neuroligist told me she would much rather treat me for flu than GBS<
(Steve)January 21, 2009 at 12:38 pm #79628
NO! The fine print of possible side effects on any flu shot includes GBS. Also, I have been told not to get a tetanus shot unless I have been injured and tetanus is a possibility. The new meningitis vaccine actually says that persons who have had GBS should not take it, and list GBS as a side effect. I did not get GBS from a vaccination but have come across many people who have.January 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm #79681
I got GBS about 5 months after I took the flu shot so I’m not sure it was the cause (but who knows?!). I had taken one for years without ill effects. Last year my doctor contacted my neurologist asking the question whether I should have one. He said, “No” but that was common advice after someone has GBS within the past year. My GBS started about 2 weeks after I got a chest cold. I took Zycam and got a severe case of the hives, then GBS. Now I stay away from Zycam too.
It seems that most of you suggest against it. I’m 58 years old and I will avoid it. Unfortunately, my job makes me come into contact with many people so I’m really scared that I will get it (the flu).I can’t avoid the contact in my circumstances.
For everyone, I am STILL having issues from GBS. Neuropathy is one of the problems along with general soreness. I take Lyrica, and it helps, but doesn’t stop it. After GBS, I was also diagnoses with Type 2 Diabetes so I have the “double whammy” when it comes to neuropathy. I control; my diet pretty well with medication too. Additionally, I have gotten the shingles last summer and wonder if there is a correlation.
Again, thanks everyone for the reply! It is great to be alive!February 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm #80347
No Flu Shot. I feel like having a tatoo on my arm, my Dr. asks me every fall about getting a flu shot and then she will remember. The shot only protects you from on strain of the flu anyway so why take a chance. The same with the pnemonia vaccine. I refuse that also. Be sure to reseach the adverse side effects on any vaccines your Dr. suggests, you are in control of the care you receive. I have learned the hard way to take control and ask questions and do research before consenting to any new medication or treatment.
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