For people with weakened immunes systems like those found in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a flu shot seems like a great way to prevent a virus that could make them very sick.
But the vaccine itself could cause more irritation for such people, much more than it would for a non-Fibro or CFS immune compromised person who might experience soreness, low- grade fever, or other normal issues from a vaccine shot.
Adrienne Dellwo, About.com Guide for fibromyalgia and CFS, says many experts in the fields of fibromyalgia and CFS advise against the shot, warning it will worsen Fibro and CFS symptoms.
Dellwo reminds everyone that it’s a personal decision that can only made after considering the following factors:
- Likeliness of getting the flu
- Past reactions to flu vaccines
- Other illnesses made worse by the flu (autoimmunity, diabetes, COPD/emphysema and heart disease)
Also, speak with your doctor about the pros and cons of getting a flu shot.
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