Flu Injections

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by tennisnut, May 27, 2008.

  1. tennisnut

    tennisnut New Member

    As I am on the other side of the world to most of you, I would like to know if you had flu injections last winter and how severe the flu was.

    I have felt my system could not cope with anything more and have not had flu injections for the past 4 years. The only way I have coped is to pretty much isolate myself as much as possible during winter. Even now I feel too low to cope with it.

    My doctor sits on the fence in this matter.

    I would love to hear views. Thanks TN
  2. wildflowers2

    wildflowers2 New Member

    I had one 2 years ago and got sicker than a dog.

    I NEVER got one last winter and I never got the flu either.....I will NEVER get anothe flu shot as long as I live........
  3. frosty77

    frosty77 New Member

    Flu was brutal here in Northeast US last season - season started very early and lasted for many months.

    For the past couple years I have gotten a flu shot, zero side effects (from what I've learned by years of researching the flu, you cannot get the flu from the flu shot as the virus is dead - you can, however, already have the flu when you get the shot and get sick afterward as the shot has not had time to take effect). Also, if you are allergic to eggs, you may get sick with a flu shot.

    I did not get the flu though the years I did not get the shot, I always got the flu at least once and sometimes twice (if there were more than one seasonal strain).
  4. tennisnut

    tennisnut New Member

    Many thanks to the responders. I think my immune system is too weak to cope with the flu injection - though I DREAD how sick I would get if I got the flu.

    Thanks to Jaminhealth I have decided to do what you have found to work. The grapeseed extract and will look for Oscillo.

    Having said that, a week ago I purchased an ImmuneSupport from a well known maker and it made me nauseas every time I took a dose. So I discontinued (another $28 down the drain).

    This illness is one long series of personal investigation, isn't it? Many thanks again. Kind regards TN
  5. ellie5320

    ellie5320 New Member

    I am going into winter here (Australia)
    I have had the flue injection for the last 4 years I am also an asthmatic I think thats the main reason my doc recommends for me
    I have no side effects at all luckily
  6. steach

    steach Member

    About 3 or 4 years ago, I got two vaccinations: the flu shot and then the pneumonia shot. I didn't have a reaction to the flu shot- all was well. The pneumonia shot was a killer- I was soooo sick from it. There is a reporting agency in the US with the CDC(Center for Disease Control). I reported it and completed either a paper form or an online form. I do believe that Mikie gave me the information about how to proceed to report it. She might have some information for you.

    Good luck,
  7. woofmom

    woofmom New Member

    The ingredients in vaccines chelate (bind to and remove) minerals from the body. If one already has mineral deficiencies then vaccines are very dangerous.
  8. hi all,

    ive had the flu injections every year for over 10 years now.

    i wasnt troubled by them,until last years flu jab (2007).

    i became bed bound with what we call the fibromyalgia/M.E/CFS flare up.

    i became totally body stiff,especially in my spine,the whole length of it.

    my hubby wasnt affected by the jab,and takes statins as he had a heart attack a number of years ago.

    i felt so ill,that i swore i wont have anymore flu jabs.

    but then my daughter who hadnt had the jab,because she couldnt get time off work to go get it,became very ill with last years flu.

    i however did not get ill with her flu.

    so it turned out that the flu jab,must have worked in protecting me.

    which is why i now say,that i shall continue to go for my flu jab each year.

    but will get some easy to prepare food in,so that i can still eat,while in any future flu injection related,bedbound event.

    maybe my cranberry juice and pumpkin seeds,will stop me having a bad reaction to this years flu jab.

    ill let you know if they do,at flu jab time,later this year.

    love fran
  9. cjcookie

    cjcookie New Member

    I got one last year. My joints swelled up and I thought I would die (literally). A lady at church went to a Fibro specialist and he said NEVER to get a flu shot if you have Fibro. I tend to agree. It took a while to recover. I had to use a walker for a while. My doctor tends to think it was the flu shot also.
  10. Granniluvsu

    Granniluvsu Well-Known Member

    Tennisnut ,

    Just remember how different we all are, our immune systems as well as what kinds of meds we can take along with what works for us all. I used to get lots of terrible flus (upper repiratory stuff- bronchitis, pneumonia, etc). Even as a child I was prone to all that stuff.

    Anyway, I cannot remember when I started taking the flu shots , maybe about 15 or so years ago some time after coming down with these DD's, and since then I have not had as many and most of them were not as bad. This past year I did get my flu shot and I didnt get anything, again thank goodness. Quite a few friends of mine have had it and for quite awhile too - the lasting effects, etc. So, I am sticking with the flu shots.

    I know others, including a good friend of mine who had MANY sensitivities (not allergies) to alot of different foods and drugs. The doc even tried giving her small doeses of the flu vaccine and she still reacted in some bad ways to it. So, the doc just told her to stay away from others during the flu season especially and not to take any meds.

    She cannot even take aspirin. That is how it started many years ago and has gotten progressively worse,

    So, it is just up to you about trying the flu shot and maybe a smaller dosage. Talk to the doc. Anyway you will just have to see what is best for YOU, the shot and/or its possible effects.

    I am not sure if you have had them or not from your post. After you have taken it, maybe even a smaller dose then you will know and have to decide what is best for YOU.

    My friends doc told her not to take anything (meds) at all under possible penalty of death. That is how badly it might effect her. Unfortunatly, not all docs feel this way and don't believe her when she talks to them about what the other doctor told her. It is all over her chart (in THAT) doctors office.

    So she wears a bracelet with all her sensitivities (and allergies) that she already knows about. Hopefully, they will see it before they give her something if she has an accident while out or something.

    Of course, most people are not as bad off as she is.

    Sorry so long !

    Hugs and blessings,

    [This Message was Edited on 05/31/2008]
  11. hi all,

    last year i told my doctor that the 2007 flu shot had made me bedbound with FIBROMYALGIA/M.E/CFS flare up,and i was totally stiff in the whole spine,had a terrible migraine too.

    id never had problems with the shots before last years one.

    i said to him....

    im not going to have the flu shot anymore,as i was too ill and scared with the 2007 flu shot bedbound event.

    my doctor then said to me.....

    if you dont have the flu shot,you most probably would have gone on to get the full blown flu,and it is a killer you know.

    so he advised me to still have the yearly shot,and i will.

    im just not ready to die yet.

    i know i have traffic fume related asthma,grass allergy ,food E number allergies too.

    and theres a cetain tree that is lethal to my lungs.i dont know its name,but ill have to look it up.

    it has a white flower on it,sort of like a colliflower.

    our council has lined the road of our town with this devil of a tree.i hate it,it makes my nose burn inside.

    but,im going to continue with the flu shots,and take my chances.

    love fran
  12. hensue

    hensue New Member

    Last year he instructed all his fibromyalgia patients not to get a flu shot. So i did not. I respect him and his opinion. I figured he had a reason. I dont think i have ever had a flu shot.
  13. simpsons

    simpsons Member


    i don't take flu shots i take eccinasia instead and never get colds of flu anymore.

    i was 95% better till i had travel shots and now its over 2yrs later and improvement is slight. i'm not sure how long or even if i will get over it.

    i am asthmatic so i really should not get flu but i strengthen my system with eccinasia and don't worry.

    i now take c' silverwater as well

    we are all different but we are all ill and these shots can make you very ill.

    if you do decide to take it them make sure you are at your best when you have the shot.

  14. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    I made sure when I taught that I got the flu shot. Thankfully, I had no reactions.

    Then I stopped for a couple of years but last year my PCP highly recommed me getting them since my immune system is compromised.

    I have had them the past since then. Fortunately, no reaction.

    I do know that people do get reactions but am not sure how many. My PCP seemed to think that SOME who get a reaction were already getting the flu or a virus and that MIGHT have been the reason.

    If people get sick from the shots, think how much sicker they would be getting the flu.

    Hope this helps,
  15. frosty77

    frosty77 New Member

    I have asthma, so my doctor recommended the flu shot.

    Caution to those taking echinacea - there have been many recent studies done (double blind) that determined that echinacea has no effect on colds and does nothing to prevent colds. But, more importantly, for anyone with allergies taking echinacea (especially allergies to ragweed), you may experience allergic reactions, including rashes, increased asthma, and anaphylaxis (a life-threatening allergic reaction) - so be very careful!!!