Having said this, I am the first person in line to get mine. I really believe that it is a very important thing for people with MS to do in order to stay well. The flu can knock anyone for a loop, but for those of us with MS, it can cause a relapse or seriously worsen symptoms. It hardly seems fair to suffer through the heat and humidity of the summer, just to face the threat of all sorts of viral invaders that appear in the fall and winter - the flu shot gives us some protection from one of the "baddies."
I've pulled together the recommendations of the Multiple Sclerosis Council for Clinical Practice Guidelines about getting the flu shot if you have MS, incorporating new developments, like Tysabri and FluMist. I've made an effort to really answer any questions you may have, including: Can I get the flu shot if I am on Avonex? What if I never get the flu and just don't want it? What if I get regular doses of Solu-Medrol?
Here's the bottom line:
- If you have MS, get the flu shot (NOT FluMist, the nasal vaccine), especially if you have limited mobility.
- Don't get the flu shot (or any vaccine) if you are taking Tysabri.
- If you are having a relapse, delay the flu shot.
- Oh, yeah - and if you don't have MS, but live with or care for someone who does, please get the flu shot.
Read the complete article: Should I Get a Flu Shot if I Have Multiple Sclerosis?