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Monday, October 19, 2015

Why Arthritis Sufferers Benefit From Flu Shots

Flu season is upon us, and while it's a good idea for everyone to get a flu shot, the Infections Diseases Society of America suggests that those with arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases, can particularly benefit from it.

Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lups, psoriatic arthritis, and other forms of arthritis, can weaken the immune system. The medications typically prescribed to treat these illnesses also suppress the immune system. This makes the sufferers vulnerable to the flu and pneumonia.

For these individuals, the CDC recommends both the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine. The ideal time to get vaccinated is in October when the first signs of the virus usually appear. The flu season typically starts in October and continue through to May of the following year.

Other precautions to avoid the flu include frequent hand washing, and steering clear of those already infected with it. Check with your physician about scheduling your flu shot today.

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