Flu shots among people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia remain a controversial subject. It is recommended that all people especially those with pre existing conditions get one. But in the CFS/Fibro community, a flu shot can cause problems with an already sensitive system.
Though guidelines exist for a reason, getting a flu shot should be determined on a case-by-case basis. For example, a flu shot may not be so bad if a fibro patient doesn’t suffer from immune weakness as much as other symptoms. That’s a possibility because the symptoms of both CFS and Fibromyalgia vary so much from patient to patient.
Also, the flu can kill people. So far, CFS and fibro flares aren’t known for doing that. That’s not to say that they don’t cause tremendous devastation. But sometimes you have to weigh the pros and cons. Most people—including doctors—feel that the actual flu can do a lot more to the body and CFS/fibro than the flu shot can.
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