Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SSF: Should I Get the Flu Shot?

The Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation tweeted a link to this timely article today regarding Sjogren's and the flu shot:

The Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation has been receiving a lot of questions about if it’s recommend for a Sjögren’s patient to get a flu shot. Below is a past article from The Moisture Seekers about Sjögren’s and the flu vaccine.

"I recommend that most of my patients with Sjögren’s syndrome get a flu shot unless they are allergic to eggs, have had a reaction to the vaccine previously, or have other health issues that are a contraindication to the vaccination. But it is always best to discuss the vaccination with your physician....." You can read more here.

1 comment:

Yankeepants said...

I was worried about getting a flu shot this year since my Sjogren's diagnosis. My rheumatologist recommended I go ahead, so I did, and surprisingly I had very little soreness at the site of the shot and no flu-like symptoms in the days that followed (which I often have had in the past). I'm not sure if it's because this year's strain is milder than usual, or if my anti-inflammatory diet helped how I responded. Either way, I'm glad I risked it, and will be curious to see how I fare during flu season this year.