Should People With ME Have The Flu Vaccination ?



This is from a Blog by Emily Beardall who has kindly allowed me to reproduce it on our site.

Emily says:  “I’m a Pharmacist by training.  I have lived with both M.E. and fibromyalgia since my teens.  I didn’t receive my M.E. diagnosis up until 3 years ago, when I had a severe relapse and all of the symptoms I’ve had over the years were linked up by a specialist.

I’ve been too unwell to follow all the M.E. research and news that comes along and I’ve started and stopped so many projects as a result. An improvement in my health means that I’m ready to start making use of my experiences and skills and as I read up on M.E. related topics I will be writing blog posts about what I find.

It’s the start of flu season and people with M.E. and carers are eligible for the free vaccination at pharmacies and GP surgeries.  I’m looking at the facts about flu and whether it’s safe for us to have the flu vaccination in this blog article.
About flu

Seasonal influenza, or flu, is a highly contagious viral winter illness.  The symptoms of flu come on suddenly and include fever, sweating, aching muscles, sore throat, cough and feeling exhausted. In most healthy people, flu is what we call self-limiting, meaning that the body’s immune system fights the virus and they get better after about a week, usually without treatment.

Antibiotics don’t help fight flu because they only work to treat bacterial infections rather than viral ones. Pledge to become an antibiotic guardian here and help to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance by not requesting antibiotics for viruses, such as colds and flu.”

 To read the rest of Emily’s blog, click on the link below:

 Link to Emily’s blog on the Flu Jab for ME Sufferers

Updated: 13th October 2015 — 10:30 pm

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