Hi. Quick question, my 7 year old has been offerred the flu vaccine at school which is squirted up the nose. On the information it states, they shouldnt have it if some-one in the home need isolation because they are severely imuno suppressed?, would you say that includes someone with MS?. Sorry if this is a dim question. Any advice would be appreciated.
ask your ms nurse.
i have ms and had the flu jab in september.
not had any problems or any flu.
If you have MS, you should have the flu jab. You’re in an at risk group, so you’re entitled to have a free flu jab.
I don’t think that means us. Our immune systems are slightly haywire, but not wiped out chemically (to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ for instance) or by disease. If there was someone in the house who had just received a new kidney and was up to the eyes with immuno-suppressants and might actually die if they caught the flu, you wouldn’t want a child to arrive home having just been given a live flu vaccine, that’s for sure. But we are just not in that sort of category, I think.
However, if you are worried, you need to check with the experts - I’m just guessing and I doubt whether anyone else on here will know for sure either.
BTW, I was advised that people with MS ought to avoid having live vaccines themselves because no one can be too sure how our immune systems will react to them. But the adult 'flu vaccine is a dead vaccine, so it is OK. And I have certainly never heard it suggested that the flu vaccine for children, which is a live vaccine, presents a problem to us as long as it is the child who gets it, not us!
Thank you all for your help. Really appreciate it.x
Just had my yearly flu vaccine; they also gave me a pneumonia vaccine. Three days now; no problems; Your youngster and you will be fine; lots better than getting the full blown flu which is nasty.