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Flu Season

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Yesterday I felt tired. This concerned me.

I’m used to feeling tired at the end of my Remicade cycle, but I had my last infusion four weeks ago. With four more weeks until my next, I should be at my physical peak. 

It could have been the cold weather, or the rain, or my night of restless sleep. It could be the stress of my two exams next week, or the consequence of running around campus from seven in the morning to nine at night. 

The cause of my fatigue could be any of those reasons. Or it could be the flu.


Kids with IBD are encouraged to get a flu shot

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Yearly flu shots are encouraged for kids with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD), and those who are closest to them. The flu can be very serious in someone taking immunosuppressant drugs and/or who has a chronic illness. Also, because the flu is a viral infection it can stimulate the immune system and could cause a flare.

Flu Season is Coming

Yearly flu shots are encouraged for kids with IBD, and those who are closest to them, because the flu can be very serious in someone taking immunosuppressant drugs or who has a chronic illness.  Also, because the flu is a viral infection it can stimulate the immune system and could cause a flare.

 


The Point: Protect Yourself from the Flu

As I write I am coughing and sniffling my way through my first cold of the season.  Since my daughter started school in 2010 I have been exposed to a whole variety of new viruses - especially this time of year.  Speaking of viruses, there's another kind out there that can make the common cold look like a walk in the park.  The Flu!


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