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Is it safe to have a flu shot while having a relapse?

I am not officially diagnosed, however, it's looking increasingly likely.

Question: I  have been trying to get a flu shot in for weeks (it's mid-winter here) but have been haivng an 'attack". Is it safe to have a flu shot if one is having a relapse?
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Yes, it is.  The small reaction and temporary symptoms you might have from the vaccine are preferable to the potential devastation of a bout with the flu.  Here it was recommended that we get both the seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1.

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However, you should not have any vaccine within about 2 weeks of steroids.  This is because the steroids will likely prevent your immune system from making protective antibodies from the vaccine and you will not be protected.

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A flu shot is NOT a live virus and you will be fine getting one.  You would be in more trouble if you actually avoided the vaccine and got the flu.  A fever would increase symptoms and the flu itself could send your immune system into hyperdrive and an exacerbation.

DO NOT get a nasal vaccine EVER if you are diagnosed with MS as this is a live vaccine.

Enjoy your cool weather.  I'm missing it here.

Mary
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I couldn't hear Quix cause I was talking myself.

(And she said she was going to take a nap anyway :)
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The forum is addictive.

Yes, yes, no Nasal spray vaccine.  ONLY the injection.

Hi, Mary!  Thanks for helping hold down the fort.

Quix
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lol, Mary.  I was just chuckling to myself about Quix not being able to stay away and go get her nap.  lol

Addi
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Thanks people! I was worried....
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