I am curious to know if any of you readers out there with CFS, Fibromyalgia, IC or another chronic illness has gotten the H1N1 vaccine. I took my son to get it because of his age and the fact that H1N1 is going around the local schools but I didn’t get it myself. I normally don’t get the seasonal flu shots either but I did get it this year just because I was already at the doctor’s office for my sinus and ear fluid issues and they said they would give me one. I have always been afraid to get the seasonal flu shot due to the fact that it can cause flares with our CFS and FM symptoms. As far as I know, I didn’t have any problems with this flu shot but I’ve been so sick from my sinuses I guess I probably wouldn’t know anyhow if the vaccine was causing me problems.
I have read different theories on whether or not it is safe for us to get the flu vaccine and/or the H1N1 vaccine and it really has to be a personal decision and your doctor should be consulted if you’re not sure. We each have to decide for ourselves whether or not we fear getting a reaction from the vaccine in the form of a flare, or whether getting the illness itself will take more of a toll on our bodies.
Personally, even though I normally don’t get the flu vaccine, I would fear getting the flu or H1N1 more than I would fear flares from the vaccine. In my own situation, getting the flu, a cold, or any type of seasonal sickness, causes total havoc with my body and it takes me an extremely long time to recover.
Have you gotten the flu vaccine or the H1N1 vaccine yet this year? Do you plan to get it? Let me know in the comments!