Every year the question of whether or not you should get a flu shot arises – especially if you have fibromyalgia or ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome). This year, with the swine flu pandemic making news headlines, there are even more questions about the controversial H1N1 vaccine.
Below is a video in which Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Kent Holtorf is interviewed about the swine flu and its vaccine. He strongly recommends that people with mitrochondrial dysfunction, chronic neurological illnesses, fibromyalgia and ME/CFS not get the vaccine. To use his word, he has seen it “devastate” people with FM and ME/CFS. Please watch the video to learn more about the swine flu and its vaccine.
Keep in mind, the H1N1 vaccine is not the same thing as the regular seasonal flu shot. This year you will have to make a decision as to whether or not you will get two different vaccines. To learn more about whether you should get a seasonal flu shot, please read: Flu Shot Pros and Cons Ultimately, you and your doctor will have to weigh the risks verses the benefits of both vaccines and decide what course of action is best for you.
To find out more about what is anticipated for this flu season and vaccination availability, see the CDC's Flu site.
Personally, until last year, I had never taken a flu shot because I knew of too many FM and ME/CFS patients who had bad reactions from them. However, with my added diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, my doctor insisted that I get a flu shot. Although I had a couple of days of feeling a little rough, it wasn't bad and I will probably get the seasonal flu shot again this year. But I do not plan to get the H1N1 vaccine even though my doctor may pressure me to do so. Actually, my grandson, who lives with me, was diagnosed with swine flu earlier this week, so I've already been exposed to it anyway. I guess I'll soon find out whether I even have a decision to make.
I'd love to hear your thoughts about the H1N1 vaccine and whether or not you plan to get it.
Published On: October 03, 2009