Migraine and classification of lowered immune system?

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    I'd like to know if migraine disease is considered something that would put me in the classification of lowered immune system.  With all the talk of the flu and H1N1 on tv right now, they talk a lot about people with compromised immune systems needing to worry about getting the flu.  I know when I get the flu, or anything which gives me a temperature, I suffer a lot because of my headaches combining with the pain level increase from a fever.  I don't believe that migraines would put me in the classification of having a compromised immune system though.  Can you tell me if Migraine disease is something that puts me at a higher risk of getting complications from something like the flu? Thanks, Patty.

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    Dear Patty;

    No, having Migraine disease doesn't put you in the classification of lowered immune system or put you at higher risk of complications from the flu. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease, not an autoimmune disorder.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: December 10, 2009