Would like to know, how many Crohn’s patient get the flu shot?

Hi, I was wondering how other Crohnies feel about the flu shot. I was diagnosed in 1991 with Crohn’s/colitis. Have had many surgeries including a total colectomy in 2004. Up until I moved from CT to SC my new Dr. pushes the flu shot. My other Dr. never told me too and seemed to discourage getting it. I’ve never had the flu and have been on every medicine out there that suppresses your immune system. I am now on Stelara for a year and doing well. Concerned about getting it due to the fact they don’t always work and having some side affect from the vaccine. I would like to know how many Crohn’s patients actually get it.


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  • tanyag
    10 months ago

    I do every year without fail this year the doctor suggested I pneumovax as well do to all the upper respiratory issues I had

  • Lisa
    1 year ago

    Before my diagnosis of crohn’s disease in 2006, I received the flu shot every year and I still do.

  • Brooke Abbott moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi @GrandmaCap ,

    Yes, my son (has asthma) and I get it every year. As do other IBD patients I know. We do not get the LIVE VACCINE! I also ONLY get it done in my GI or Rheumatologist office. Why? Because I can guarantee that I will not be getting a live vaccine and they are familiar with my medical history. I believe the live vaccine is the option you take through the nose.

    -Brooke
    (inflammatoryboweldisease.net Team Member)

  • RoseNorcott
    1 year ago

    I always do- but have COPD also!

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