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A 66-year-old female asked:

I am on 9 mg predezone. your doctors say i can't get flu shot my dr says ok and will get protection?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Flu shot: You should wait. Second it is WAY too early to get a flu shot in America. Every year trying to make more and more money, pharmacies are offering the flu shot too early and then selling patients a second dose later in the season to stay protected. It is too early now. Wait.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Prednisone: Prednisone is a corticosteroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. It also suppresses the immune system. Prednisone is used as an anti-inflammatory or an immunosuppressant medication. Prednisone treats many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.

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Plano, TX
A 66-year-old female asked:

I am on 9 mg of predezone. I have to increase to 15 mg. Dr says ok to get flu shot. Is it better to get it before I increase to 15 mg?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Hi dose flu vaccine: For someone 65 and older there is a 'high dose' flu vaccine that is made up of 4x the amount of antigen in a regular flu shot. You have good insight- the more steroids you're on, the weaker your immune system becomes (relatively speaking). So yes, I would prefer you to get the flu shot sooner rather than later, and please ask about the HI dose shot -if you were my patient, that's what I would give

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