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27/03/2013 at 15:43
A good friend of mine has been diagnosed with Sjogrens recently and after seeing a new specialist here, he's suggested that having the Flu vaccine while pregnant is to blame. He's scared her even more by saying that it could have affected her daughter but may not be diagnosed for years. Apparently studies in the US have linked the flu vaccine with autoimmune problems. I've not heard this before and to be honest, I'm a bit too scared to google it! I didn't have the vaccine with either of mine but did get it before I fell pregnant with E. Not once did anyone mention such side effects to me. In fact, I was advised that it is perfectly safe...
27/03/2013 at 15:47
Not heard that before. I didn't have it anyway, as the receptionist at my surgery said "the elderly are priority".
27/03/2013 at 15:59
Ah a thread I wish I hadn't opened. I had the flu vaccine whilst pregnant with my first pregnancy which ended in a mc and then my most recent one which was a year later. I won't even bother to google because what's done is done but sounds like scare tactics to me by them 'suggesting' its to blame without any hard core proof.
27/03/2013 at 16:04
I haven't heard of it either, but it really doesn't concern me. For me, the risk of getting flu far outweighed the risks of the side effects. Having had a quick look, there is no precise cause to Sjögren's syndrome and is very difficult to diagnose.
27/03/2013 at 16:17
I've googled just now and can't find ANY suggestion of the flu vaccine in pregnancy being a cause of Sjorens. The causes are unknown and its so difficult to diagnose.
The only mention I can find is something about some candidates in a study having had a swine flu vaccine in the 1970s and some candidates not having had it.
Sounds like the Dr out there is scaring patients unecessesarily and I suggest she gets a second option re the cause.
27/03/2013 at 16:26
I don't think she is worried about what caused it. She is concerned that she may have put her daughter at risk and a little angry that it was possible doctors/nurses did not give her any information about possible side effects. I was horrified to hear it as it was clearly a very blunt suggestion and there was no proof that he could provide for her. She's really upset by it and I'm sure she will not return to see him again. I just wanted to try and gather some information to show her that she really doesn't need to worry about little one and she didn't make a bad decision. Her husband is livid and quite right to be IMO.
TP- really sorry if this caused upset to you.
27/03/2013 at 16:59
Hmmm I've had the flu jab for this pregnancy, wish I hadnt looked! There is always something to worry about huh? I am not going to google and will take it what Hep says!
Hope your friend can get a 2nd opinion, particularly is she's worried about her LO.
27/03/2013 at 17:02
I'm not surprised he's livid WS, perhaps seeing a second Dr would put her mind at rest for her daughter though as there really doesn't seem to be a link?
27/03/2013 at 18:06
That is a very dangerous thing for a medical professional to say!!!
The thing is every medicine or drug is about risk verses benefit. No drug is 100% safe and we all react differently to them BUT the risk of complications is so tiny. I had the jab with P, to me the risk of complications from flu were far more significant that any other link. All you can do is make the best choice with the information you have.
I'm slightly on my high horse about this at the moment. As i mentioned in my vaccine thread i cannot believe the ridiculous amount of crap people spout about the MMR vaccine. We are so so lucky to have access to vaccinations and we should take advantage of it as full as possible.
If i was your friend i think i'd be reporting the doctor, i know over here they could get into trouble for making suggestions that are so upsetting without any evidence whatsoever
27/03/2013 at 18:52
There's no way of reporting over here AR, it's a very very different system in the Middle East (one that I find backwards so often too). I'm glad it's not some common knowledge though, I was worried I'd told her he was being ridiculous only to find out that there had in fact been links between the vaccine and Autoimmune problems. Thanks for reassurance all xx
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