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Fibromyalgia Patients Should Be Encouraged to Get a Flu Shot, Investigators Say

Ablin JN, Aloush V, Brill A, Berman M, Barzilai M, Caspi D, Mandelboim M, Levartovsky D, Polachek A, Wolman Y, Paran D, Barkagan M, Elkayam O. Influenza vaccination is safe and effective in patients suffering from fibromyalgia syndrome. Reumatismo. 2015 Sep 16;67(2):57-61. doi: 10.4081/reumatismo.2015.823.

Fibromyalgia syndrome is thought to result from the exposure of a genetically susceptible individual to various triggers, such as physical trauma, stress, or a viral infection. Thus, some suspect vaccination might play a potential role in the development or exacerbation of the condition. However, this study shows that influenza vaccination is safe and effective in patients with fibromyalgia. Investigators studied 19 FMS patients, none of whom experienced a severe vaccination reaction. There were no significant changes in fibromyalgia symptoms after vaccination. Moreover, the vaccine afforded high levels of seroprotection against influenza virus. Based on these results, investigators said that fibromyalgia patients should be encouraged to undergo influenza vaccination according to standard recommendations.

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