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Doctor insights on: Rheumatoid Arthritis And Bird Flu Shots

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Can II get flu shot with rheumatoid arthritis?

Can II get flu shot with rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: I would recommend you to "protect" yourself with homeopathic medicine that should be taken before and after the any immunization. This will help your body to respond appropriately to the immunization and avoid reaction to foreign protein that is the part of any vaccine. Look for medical practitioner who practices homeopathy in your area or call my office 212-675-9355. ...Read more

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Flu Shot (Definition)

Also known as influenza vaccines, flu shots are given out once a year to protect against the flu. The flu shot stimulates the immune system to build antibodies to three or four strains of flu viruses in the hopes that it will offer protection from the current strains present in the community. Each year the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) monitors the strains of Influenza globally and incorporates the appropriate antigens in the new vaccine. For best protection the vaccine ...Read more


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What typical reactions do people with rheumatoid arthritis have to vaccines?

What typical reactions do people with rheumatoid arthritis have to vaccines?

None: There are no specific reactions related to a person having rheumatoid arthritis. However, if they are on immunosupressive medications, they should not receive live vaccines. ...Read more

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Do flu shots really work on a flu viruses.?

Do flu shots really work on a flu viruses.?

2014 – 2015 Flu Shot: Trivalent works against 3 influenza viruses – Influenza A viruses (H3N2 & H1N1) & 1 influenza B virus. Quadrivalent & the live attenuated Influenza vaccine work against these & a second influenza B virus. ...Read more

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How are swine flu and seasonal flu different?

How are swine flu and seasonal flu different?

Differences: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www.Newmilfordschools.Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu.Pdf. ...Read more

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Can hepatitis b vaccine give you rheumatic autoimmune diseases such as polyartheritis nodosa because my sister started getting symptoms shortly after?

Can hepatitis b vaccine give you rheumatic autoimmune diseases such as polyartheritis nodosa because my sister started getting symptoms shortly after?

Not likely: There is no known strong evidence to prove that this vaccine causes PAN. In fact, having the hepatitis B infection itself is what classically causes PAN. ...Read more

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Besides the seasonal flu shot and h1n1 vaccine, are there any other shots I should get?

Besides the seasonal flu shot and h1n1 vaccine, are there any other shots I should get?

Several possible: For an otherwise healthy 33 year old person, you should make sure you have had a tdap and i would recommend the hepatitis b and hepatitis a vaccine series. If you have never had the chickenpox you should be vaccinated for that as well. Some other vaccines may be indicated based on a person's medical history. ...Read more

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How do flu shots affect hiv+ individuals? Are flu shots risky if i'm HIV positive?

How do flu shots affect hiv+ individuals? Are flu shots risky if i'm HIV positive?

Flu shot in HIV+: Influenza vaccine uses inactivated antigen to stimulate an immune response in the body. Hiv+ pts' immune response will depend on how much of their immune system is intact, as indicated by their cd4+ count. Hiv pts should get only the injected, attenuated (inactive) virus, never the live virus inhaled form [flumist]. ...Read more

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I have Primary Immune Deficiency, MS, POTS, RA, Raynauds, etc... no response to pneumovax or prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine). ANAs always neg. Sero-negative. Please help!

I have Primary Immune Deficiency, MS, POTS, RA, Raynauds, etc... no response to pneumovax or prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine). ANAs always neg. Sero-negative. Please help!

Workup and Mgt: There are many PIDs and some are associated with autoimmune disease. Since there is so much variation, the diagnosis can be difficult. If you are prone to infections, the pattern of the infections, type and location will help your physician determine the diagnosis and treatment. If you have lung involvement, an HRCT is helpful. Most PIDs involve B cells and I would advise B cell studies. ...Read more

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How are swine flu or influenza and normal flu or influenza distinguished from each other?

They are all type A: Flu viruses, whether designated as swine or avian depends on where the virus primarily originated. All type a influenza viruses can interchange parts of their RNA with other type a flus. ...Read more

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Lupus patients and h1n1 flu shot- is it safe?

Absolutely: Due to your autoimmune disease, you are an absolute perfect patient to receive the vaccination. Make sure you get the flu shot not the nasal mist. ...Read more

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With activated vaccine can you get flu from flu shot?

With activated vaccine can you get flu from flu shot?

Nasal vs injected: What you mean by activated is unclear. There is no activated vaccine I am aware of. The injected vaccine is prepared from inactivated (killed) virus & cannot give you the flu. You can develop a shot reaction (mild) but it is not the flu. The nasal mist is a much weakened but live virus & rarely causes a mild flu like illness, but far less intense than a regular flu would be. ...Read more

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What are some injection site reactions using humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are some injection site reactions using humira (adalimumab) for rheumatoid arthritis?

Varied: The most common is local pain or burning on injection. Some people do get a little black and blue mark and some get a little local hive reaction that may last for up to 24 hours. Anything more widespread or longer lasting may indicate an allergic reaction top the medication. ...Read more

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Do the hepatitis shots and the chinese encephalitis shots hurt?

Do the hepatitis shots and the chinese encephalitis shots hurt?

Not particularly: any shot will be noticed, but there is nothing particular about these vaccines ...Read more

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Are oysters bad for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

Are oysters bad for people with rheumatoid arthritis?

I disagree!: While r aw oysters may carry certain viruses, most are carefully monitored. Cooked oyesters do not have this issue. Oysters contain more zinc than any other food, and zinc is the most important mineral for a strong immune syndrome. It has been shown that zinc helps ra, but several invesitgators, including peter simpkin, md at the university of washington. The 3-omegas help, too! ...Read more

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Are cortisone shots good for the pain of degenerative joint disease?

Are cortisone shots good for the pain of degenerative joint disease?

Can be: We do quite a few cortisone shots in multiple joints such as knees, shoulders, hips, and fingers to name a few. The shots can reduce pain and swelling for months. We limit the amount of injections we do into the same joints. Too many cortisone injections into the same joint can have side effects. Injections are helpful in moderation. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more