PMR and flu vaccine

Posted by ncgal @ncgal, Aug 21 6:10pm

I am wondering if it is okay to take the flu vaccine if you have PMR and are still taking Prednisone. I am back to 3 mg. Prednisone from 2 mg. as shoulders and legs started to ache again. Rheumatologist has me on 3 for four weeks, then alternating 2 and 3 mg. f or another month. I was just wondering if the flu vaccine would affect the PRM. I will be 78 in November.

Hi @ncgal, The Mayo Clinic information on prednisone says you should contact your doctor before getting any vaccine if you are on prednisone.

"While you are being treated with prednisone, do not have any immunizations (vaccines) without your doctor's approval. Prednisone may lower your body's resistance and the vaccine may not work as well or you might get the infection the vaccine is meant to prevent.Jul 1, 2020"
Mayo Clinic – Prednisone (Oral Route) – Precautions: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/prednisone-oral-route/precautions/drg-20075269

Have you discussed getting the flu vaccine with your doctor?

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Thanks, John. It was one 0f the questions I forgot to ask on my last visit. I'll check with d octor.

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