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Vaccines

Has anyone gotten any vaccines since being diagnosed with thyroid disease and being on medication?  I’m specifically talking about the hepatitis B vaccine, as well as the flu vaccine?

Any good sources of information on the pros and cons of either?  I know there’s a lot said about children but I’m not coming across too much on adults; and am coming across nothing at all that relates to thyroid disease.

Maybe it’s a non-issue(?).
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Hi

No I won't go and get a vaccine now since I was DX with this disease.

I am afraid too. I think you and I  may have read a few things similiar. I have to find the articles I was reading a while ago ( about a year) regarding getting them.

As we all know a portion of the virus  with an anti - fighter is in the vaccine itself  to guard us from the flu strain that is air bourne.

Yet what I remember reading when the virus itself it present in a weak immune system the counteract is not has benificial guarding us from getting it.

I don't remember reading much on the Hep B thing - I do remember it was mentioned. I think after reading what I remember I put more pieces of me questioning the vaccine on if it would really benefit me to get one - or to "see" if I get it naturally and fight it off myself.

Working at a school - I need to keep this thought in real time for me. Knock on wood - this year - I have not even had a cold - but I changed my supplements too.

I don't know Thy - it's pretty freaky with the things I remember reading on this issue - I do think it needs to be looked at further.
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FWIW.  I was on Synthroid for many years.  Started getting flu shots when they first came out and never had any problem that I recognized.
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gimel:  In fact, what you shared is worth something and I do thank you for that.

stella5439:  Thank you.  I too remember reading things that seemed freaky.  I'm still looking for info on the hepatitis B vaccine, that one is tough though - which maybe is freaky in itself, I don't know...
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The recent hepatitis B vaccine is a recombinant vaccine made by genetic technology, nothing to do with attenuated vaccines or killed virus everybody should had this vaccine (unless there is allergic problems ), the The "flu shot"is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus).
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Who Should Not Be Vaccinated (flu vaccine):
There are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. These include:

People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs.
People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination.
People who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of getting an influenza vaccine.
Children less than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for this age group), and
People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated.)

About HepB:
http://www.who.int/immunization/topics/hepatitis_b/en/index.html
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I had the flu jab for 6 years running and developed Pneumonia each time.
I was then given pneumovax jab (for pneumonia prevention) and ended up in hospital with double pneumonia.
I havent had it for 11 years now and have not had the flu either.
I wont have any vaccines at all now.
That is just my point of view though.
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I had the final dose in the Hep A and B series the same day that blood was taken to diagnose me with a thyroid condition. I haven't had any problems. The tetanus virus gave me some issues but that was a year before I was diagnosed.
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Hi - I am an accredited immuniser in Australia. There is no contraindications to having immunisation vaccinations particular to thyroid - fluvax precautions are those with everyone. Illness is only contraindicated if temps are over 38 degrees celsius - not normal colds. I work in a prison and gave over 85 fluvax's in one day. I also gave over 40 pneumovax. The only people that got sick were the one's sho had both the same day (2 in total)  - just some general unwellness and temps for a couple of days - after this we spread the pneuomavax one week a part and never had another problem - it is not part of the guidlines though. When you think the pneumovax is only given every 10 years it is still wrth a couple of days of sickness in those with high risks - i.e. repeated pneumonia, heavy smokers with in general very poor health. Remember in those suseptable pneumonia can make you very ill for weeks and then weak for months.
Hep B - in Australia it is part of the general immunisation schedule - Hep. B. is transmitted through urine, sputum, blood, breast milk and just needs to get into a mucous membrane i.e. an eye to contract the disease. Heb D (not discussed much) attachs itself to the Hep B virus so you can unfortunately get both at once. If you are immunised it protects against both. There are no medical conditions contraindicated to the virus but need to check up how it is made (as far as I can remember ths one is not made in chicken eggs - otherwise it would be a risk to newborne babies) I would personally would rather avoid Hep B - who needs to have that as well as the thyroid problems. I at this stage I do not have the fluvax but will do if I find my cold rate uptake increases again. Because I am constantly exposed due to the sheer numbers of people I see my immune system is strong - but veery 5-10 years it runs down.
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Hep B contains the antigens (hepatitis B surface antigen) and aluminum phosphate and 3 de-O-acylated monophosphoryl lipid A. In my country is part of the general immunisation schedule.
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Foun this about the recombinant vaccines for HepB:
http://www.vaccineinformation.org/hepb/qandavax.asp, the one I got (and my children)  was Engerix-B
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Thank you all for the feedback, links, personal experiences and work experiences.  It gives me a lot to go over and think about.

Personally, it’s come up because I have this very infrequent per-diem job at a nursing home answering phones when someone wants time off.  Though I’m hardly there and have virtually no contact with the residents, by law I have to either get the vaccines or sign a waiver each year.  Last year I signed the waiver but now I’m rethinking the issue.  Between being in that facility, working in my other profession that sometimes has me around who-knows-what and getting needle stabs for blood work (yes, things are clean but my head can obsess), I wonder if it would just be safer.  The feedback from co-workers is split.

“I would personally would rather avoid Hep B - who needs to have that as well as the thyroid problems.”  ~ Kipp44:  All I can say is – Oy!  That certainly is a convincing argument, isn’t it?

Thanks again, everyone.
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My son received an extra dose of the Hep B vaccine by mistake and developed a thyroid disease 12 years later.  No family history of the disease nor weight problems, etc.  I am in search of articles that support my suspicion and am getting close to finding a link...  
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