From what I’ve read, flu shots and other vaccines trigger the immune system to create antibodies. Isn’t the whole purpose of staying healthy by eating right and so on to keep our immune systems from activating which could cause it to attack healthy organs? Why would we want our immune systems to react?
So vaccines do cause an immune response in order to better prepare the body when the real pathogen comes along. This is absolutely true and your question logically follows. Normally, we don’t want to trigger our immune systems to react to anything. You’re right. That’s kind of how we learn to live our whole lives with lupus. But with vaccines, it’s a bit more complex. For me, vaccines are kind of like an exception clause to the NEVER WAKE UP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM EVER rule. This is simply because the viruses and bacteria that vaccines are made to protect against kill people. And lupus patients die from infections and complications related to infections. I ain’t tryna die today! Goodness knows my body is doing its best to kill me without the help of deadly pathogens! So while not ideal, I believe it’s better to wake our immune systems up a little to develop antibodies against deadly illnesses than die from the deadly illnesses themselves. While I don’t want to get a vaccine that has any live virus component and and definitely not until it’s been well-researched and scientifically established as safe (and if you can get it outside of a clinical trial, it has been), I do get vaccines for things like meningitis, influenza, and pneumonia. I got the flu shot this year with no lasting adverse effect on my lupus. I did feel a little bit worse for a couple days, but I’d rather that than die of the flu or pass the flu onto someone who then dies of it. I’ll do the same when a covid vaccine becomes available. I hope this helps and answers your question. Life assessing and reasoning through the dangers that accompany lupus isn’t easy.
I have the vaccines up today, and I will ask my rheumatologist about the Covid 19 vaccine.
Not all vaccines kickstart the immune system and cause issues for lupus patients. There are different types of vaccines. Live virus and dead virus. Dead virus vaccines have no activated live virus so they don’t trigger an immune system reaction. Live virus vaccines (of which there are few of these days) contain weakened but live virus can activate the immune system and cause a flare or cause some level of illness in those with poor immune systems. People with compromised immune systems should consult a doctor before getting a vaccine.
The Covid vaccines they’ve created don’t even involve injecting virus (dead or alive) and are a whole new type of vaccine, using gene therapy to helping program our bodies recognize the virus and know how to fight it. I’ve been reading and think these are safe for lupus patients but need to confirm that with my rheumy
Covid is esp dangerous for us. Heck...Covid sounds a lot like contagious lupus! The inflammation is causes to the lungs and organs? On top of the inflammation we already suffer from? It sounds like a worst case scenario
I am very pro vaccine and am thankful they have finally found ones for Covid
I am going to get the vaccine, As I understand it, they (scientists) didn’t have to start from scratch; they had a foundation to start with and built from there. I worry about what Covid could do if I did get it and believe the vaccine will be worth any risks.