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Old Tue Nov 6, 2007, 06:54 PM
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Flu Shot Information for Patients

The November 2007 eBulletin of the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (AA&MDSIF) includes an article about flu shots for patients with bone marrow failure diseases.

A few of the points it makes:
  • All vaccines carry some risks, but patients should avoid infections and other illnesses whenever possible.
  • Flu shot risks are reduced because an inactive (not live) vaccine is used.
  • Problems from flu shots have been reported, but are rare.
  • There have been a few case reports of post-flu-shot hemolysis for PNH patients. The risks may be reduced for those taking Soliris.
  • There are published guidelines about flu shots for those who have undergone transplants.
  • The flu shot decision depends on the patient's history, treatments, and symptoms.
  • Every patient is different. Findings for other groups of patients may not apply to you.
  • Patients should discuss with their own doctors whether or not to get a flu shot each year.
We encourage patients and family members to read this article and to talk to the patient's physicians about the pros and cons of flu shots.
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