Tips & Tricks
Due to reports of severe relapses following immunization, flu vaccinations are generally NOT recommended to persons with CFS or FM unless (1) you have taken flu vaccinations in the past and tolerated them well or (2) you have a serious chronic illness (such as emphysema, diabetes, or heart disease) in addition to CFS or FM.
Not only do some patients relapse after flu vaccination, but many do not sero-convert (develop antibodies) to the vaccination. Thus you may suffer the discomfort of a “shot” plus the misery of a relapse, and not even develop immunity.
These are the current recommendations from the Hunter-Hopkins Center:
Symmetrel (amantidine) 100mg bid for 5 days for influenza A Flumadene (ramantidine) 100mg bid for 5 days for influenza A
Relenza (an inhaler) 2 puffs bid for 5 days for influenza A or B Tamiflu One tab bid for 5 days for influenza A or B
There have been anecdotal reports of relapses being triggered by Hepatitis B and Rubella vaccines as well, but pneumococcal, H. influenza, and tetanus seem to be tolerated satisfactorily.