Can I take flu shot while on Gleevec
Posted 24 December 2014 - 06:49 PM
Posted 24 December 2014 - 07:18 PM
You should check with your Onc, mine told me a flu shot is ok because it's not a live virus, unlike the shingles vaccine which is not recommended for anyone with CML or a compromised immune system....(per my Doc)...I would definitely check with yours first.
Posted 24 December 2014 - 08:02 PM
My onc was OK with the shingles vaccine. He said the issue is mainly that folks with compromised immune systems may not get the full benefits of the vaccine. I got the shot and aside from a slight rash, I was fine. Be sure to get the pneumonia and DPT VAXes, too.
Dx: Sudden severe anemia detected 07/2011, followed by WBC spike. CML Dx 02/2012.
Rx: 03/2012-Gleevec400. Reduced 02/2013 to Gleevec300 due to side effects (low blood counts).
Response: PCR-Und within 7 mo. on G400. Maintained MMR4-MMR4.5 on G300. PCR-Und since 02/2016.
Posted 24 December 2014 - 09:41 PM
Yougotafriend, I got the flu shot in early October, and have every year, since contracting CML ... no reaction ...
My doctor nixed the Shingles shot.
02/2010 Gleevec 400mg
2011 Two weakly positives, PCRU, weakly positive
2012 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU
2013 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, weakly positive
2014 PCRU, PCRU, PCRU, PCRU (12/07 began dose reduction w/each continuing PCRU)
2015 300, 250, 200, 150
2016 100, 50/100, 100, 10/17 TFR
2018 01/16 TFR 0.0004 ... next quarterly PCR 04/17
At the earliest opportunity, and whenever possible, lower your TKI dosage; TKIs are toxic drugs and the less we take longterm the better off we are going to be ... this is especially true for older adults.
In hindsight I should have started my dosage reduction two years earlier; it might have helped minimize some of the longterm cumulative toxic effects of TKIs that I am beset with.
longterm side-effects Peripheral Artery Disease - legs (it's a bitch); continuing shoulder problems, right elbow inflammation. GFR and creatinine vastly improved after stopping Gleevec.
Cumulative Gleevec dosage estimated at 830 grams
Taking Gleevec 400mg an hour after my largest meal of the day helped eliminate the nausea that Gleevec is notorious for.
Posted 25 December 2014 - 08:04 AM
I also had the Shingles Vaccine, because my CML was under control.
Posted 25 December 2014 - 09:24 AM
I also got the pneumonia vaccine. Haven't gotten the shingles vaccine yet but I've been told I could. Flu vaccine every year -won't miss it. I had influensa twice in my life time, once as a child and once as a teenager, kicked my butt both times, don't want to see what it would do to me at this age!
"You can't change the direction of the wind but you can adjust your sails."
DX 12/08; Gleevec 400mg; liver toxicity; Sprycel 100mg.; CCyR 4/10; MMR 8/10; Pleural Effusion 2/12; Sprycel 50mg. Maintaining MMR; 2/15 PCRU; 8/16 drifting in and out of undetected like a wave meeting the shore. Retired 12/23/2016! 18 months of PCRU, most recent at Mayo on 7/25/17 was negative at their new sensitivity reporting of 0.003.<p>
Posted 25 December 2014 - 09:38 AM
However, I will say that 1. Tamiflu appeared to lessen the symptoms and duration of my illness, and 2. I was back to normal in 5 days despite having a suppressed absolute neutrophil count from Gleevec (aka, my 'new normal').
Dan - Atlanta, GA
CML CP Diagnosed March 2011
Posted 25 December 2014 - 03:49 PM
If one is over 65,one should also receive the PPV-13 Pneumonia Vaccine, even if one has previously received the Pneumovax Vaccine. Frank
Posted 26 December 2014 - 01:26 PM
Posted 30 December 2014 - 06:09 PM
My hematologist/oncologist office actually gave the flu shot this year. I took advantage of it after getting the flu without the shot last year. I had a 104.5 temp it was on a weekend, I was so scared but my daughter had it so I knew it was the flu. My doctor said stay away from the emergency room. So if you do get it call your Dr first before you think about going to the hospital. I took Advil and cold cloths to bring the fever down, along with drinking a lot of water.
Its never to late to live happily ever after/ Do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users