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Doctor insights on: Should People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Get The Flu Shot

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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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Can people with mg receive the flu shot?

Can people with mg receive the flu shot?

No absolut contrain: If mg means myasthenia gravís then if the disease is active probable is convenient to wait. There is not an absolut contraindicación to the flu vaccine unless serious allergies to eggs or chichen or previous guillain barré . I would ask the specialist who is treatment your mg if he/she has objecions to it. ...Read more

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Can a person with epilepsy get the flu shot?

Can a person with epilepsy get the flu shot?

No relationship: Here in the U.S., there is no reason for a person not to get a flu shot just because she has epilepsy, unless she had a prior epilepsy-related reaction to a previous flu shot. Epilepsy and flu shots are unrelated. ...Read more

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Should a person with CHF get the pneumonia shot or chicken pox shot?

Should a person with CHF get the pneumonia shot or chicken pox shot?

Yes indeed: For sure get the shots. The pneumonia vaccine is especially important for people CHF or other heart conditions. ...Read more

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Can a person get the swine flu shot and not get the regular the seasonal flu shot?

Can a person get the swine flu shot  and not get the regular the seasonal flu shot?

No: When the h1n1 vaccine (swine flu) was created in 2009, it was not included as a strain in the seasonal flu vaccine. So you could get it separately. However, every year since, that strain has been a part of the seasonal vaccine and is not available by itself. There are many strains of flu and each year the cdc picks 2 type a & 1 type b strain that were the most prevalent from the prior season. ...Read more

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Who should get the flu vaccine and how often?

Anyone > 6m of age: The flu germ mutates every year & last years vaccine is not likely to help you more than that season.You place yourself at risk if you do not get a yearly flu shot. ...Read more

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Have low immune sys & wash a lot from ocd. Is the flu shot safe? I have tics, & pandas, so would getting the flu shot be dangerous or make tics worse?

Have low immune sys & wash a lot from ocd.  Is the flu shot safe? I have tics, & pandas, so would getting the flu shot be dangerous or make tics worse?

Anxiety: Remember that this is an anxiety issue. Your concerns about the flu shot are ocd related. If you are avoiding a flu shot because of anxiety then you should get it asap. You probably should also get it asap for medical reasons. ...Read more

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Can i get the flu shot if i'm on humira (adalimumab)?

Can i get the flu shot if i'm on humira (adalimumab)?

Yes: Inactivated or subunit vaccines are not contraindicated in people on this type of medicine. The live attenuated FluMist vaccine should not be given. ...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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Who should get the flu shot over 30?

Who should get the flu shot over 30?

Adults: 1 medically compromised people 2 health and dental providers 3 adults ( more important as you get older) 4 day care providers 5. All adults not allergic to the vaccine. Pharmacies are now offering flu shots. The flu shot typically is formulated to prevent the most serious strain of the flu that the health profession is expecting this year. ...Read more

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Will the pneumonia vaccine help for those with asthma or COPD if they also get swine flu?

Will the pneumonia vaccine help for those with asthma or COPD if they also get swine flu?

No: The pneumonia vaccine helps prevent infection due to a bacteria called pneumococcus. Swine flu is caused by a particular strain of the influenza virus which is a different causative organism. Hence the pneumonia vaccine will not protect against swine flu. It is important for anyone with asthma or COPD to remain protected against both pneumococcus and influenza as they can cause significant illness. ...Read more

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Will the shingles shot make your arm as sore as the phemonia shot ?

Will the shingles shot make your arm as sore as the phemonia shot ?

Shingles shot: There can be some muscle soreness and local inflammation secondary to the shingles shot. The benefits far outweigh any discomfort for a couple days. ...Read more

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Why do people with rheumatoid arthritis get scleritis so often? My mom has RA and also always seems to have eye problems, particularly scleritis flare-ups. Why is this so common in RA patients? .

Why do people with rheumatoid arthritis get scleritis so often? My mom has RA and also always seems to have eye problems, particularly scleritis flare-ups. Why is this so common in RA patients?

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Not too common: The sclera, just like the joint lining, is a connective tissue. The same immune response can happen in the eye as well. Scleritis is becoming more rare as the tnf medications (humira, cimzia, (certolizumab pegol) Remicade but not enbrel) decrease scleritis greatly. ...Read more

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Can I have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis at the same time?

Possible: It is possible to have both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis at the same time.Your knee may be affected by rheumatoid arthritis but your spine may have degenerative changes. Clinical findings in RA differ enough from osteoarthritis that the diagnosis is usually readily made. Most people with aging have osteoarthritis. Ra is systemic autoimmune disease affecting multiple small and large jts. ...Read more

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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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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