There are even more questions to be answered this year, thanks to the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus, commonly referred to as swine flu. Two vaccines for swine flua nasal spray that contains weakened virus and a shot that contains inactivated viruswere approved in September, but skepticism and worry about such new vaccines may prevent people from taking advantage of them.
Who should get vaccinated?
It's hard to say, even for experts. "If you feel like getting the shot, if you're the type who catches everything, or if you find vaccines have been well-tolerated in the past, it's not a big deal; go get it," Dr. Teitelbaum says. "If past vaccines have knocked you for a loop, or your gut feeling is you don't feel comfortable, don't feel like you have to get it."
Many patients are hesitant to get the vaccine in fear of bad fibro flare-ups. When deciding whether to get vaccinated, consider past flare-ups in comparison to past bouts with the flu, advises Dr. Teitelbaum.
In the meantime, be sure to take the necessary precautions against the fluand fibro. Common stressors that trigger fibromyalgia flare-upsincluding cold or damp weather, poor sleep, fatigue, physical or emotional stress, and overexertioncan also leave you more susceptible to the flu.