14 Responses to Flu Shots and Colitis

  1. Fred S
    Fred S November 24, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    Interesting responses. It seems like the affects of the flu shot are as varied as as the medications and supplements UC’ers take. I still firmly believe anything that can further compromise an already weakened immune system is not a good idea. (If a person is already taking an immusuppresant, it may also be why the vaccine doesn’t affect them?). Probiotics, healthy eating and regular hand washing can go a long way in preventing the flu. I work in an office building with poor ventilation that’s chock full of coughing, sneezing, hacking folks throughout the season and haven’t had the flu in over 10 years. No matter what the doctors (or the medical industry) says, why chance bringing on a nasty flare AND getting the flu. If the vaccine works for a particular person, that’s great, but for me no thanks.

    • Adam
      Adam November 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm #


      So cool to hear from you again. It sure was an interesting survey.
      I wish you,
      another 10 years and more of no flu.
      No matter what you do,
      And I just washed my hands because of you.
      (Supposed to rhyme)
      Best to you once again,


  2. bev November 24, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Isn’t this all so typical Adam? No definitive answers. I wish we weren’t all so different!

    Once again, does the flu shot trigger a haywire immune response in some of us, but not all of us? Or…is it the flu shot itself? Is one year’s flu shot different from another years? The strains are different, perhaps the ingredients are different…

    It’s all so frustrating. I always deduced that getting the flu shot would be the right thing to do,…for our UC conditions, for the community…etc. I have always had a flu shot and then last year, did not get one. Lo and behold, I did not have my ‘usual’ fall/winter flare last year. This year, I decided to get the shot again, and within days, has signs of a UC flare. Thank goodness I’ve managed to get back into remission, now that I know how to manage the UC. All of those other years, I just took the meds the doctor told me too and never got remission.

    Who can say for sure about whether or not to get the flu shot? Wouldn’t it be nice to know.

    • Adam
      Adam November 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm #


      It would sure be nice to know, along with alot of other questiones. But, in the end, knowing there’s no “right” or “wrong” one size fits all, is also good to know sometimes.

      So glad you got things squared with the lasty little mini flare. So glad to hear you bounced right back (again:))

      Best to you, and thanks again Bev for your help on this one,


      • bev November 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

        No right and no wrong….love it!! True!!


  3. bev November 24, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    so sorry for all of the typos and misspells…typing like a mad woman as per

  4. shelly in maine November 24, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Interesting as usual Adam and like Fred and Bev said…as varied as each of us UC’ers are and the meds and other approaches we all use…damned if we do damned if we don’t! Crapshoot..chicken or the egg (haha flu shot humor!)
    I guess we just have to go with our guts!! ;)
    Thanks as always, Shelly

  5. abby kesling November 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    I am a teacher so of course got a flu shot last year. i had no ulcer flare ups for 7 months. guess shot triggers it???

  6. bev November 25, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    Hi Abby…are you saying that you had the flu shot and got a UC reaction?

  7. Lynn June 11, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

    I didn’t participate in the Survey, but here is what happened to me. I got a flu shot in the fall and within 2 weeks I was in a full flare with C. Diff which is just now calming down 7 month later. Coincidence? I don’t think so…

    • Adam
      Adam June 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

      Wow Lynn,

      Super sorry to hear about that, but congrats with getting the c-diff to calm down. I really don’t know which is worse between a nasty UC flare or c-diff and to have both and to get through it is a great thing to have accomplished:) Good for you and best wishes to a symptom free summer coming up:)

    • bev June 11, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

      Wow. Yep. Another one!

      Unbelievable huh? A doctor told me that the vaccine can trigger an immune response.

      I won’t ever get the flu shot again, and I always used to, and coincidentally flared all the rest of the fall and winter every year…go figure….

      Too bad, because I really believe that the flu shot helps the community as a whole. I am all for it, if you are healthy, and don’t have UC.

  8. Natalie December 16, 2014 at 5:16 am #

    I’ve had a long time flare up, about 6 months. Was just getting better, still not completely back to normal but no bleeding for a few days. Everything very much under control with Jordan Rubin’s, Makers Diet and his suggested protocol and supplements. Hello, he saved my life!! Almost..menstrual time worsens things, I have chronic stress (still tryin to conquer) and wouldn’t ya know it, caught a flu bug! Nearly over with my inflammation and now I’m bleeding with uncomfortable cramping! Wow.

  9. Natalie December 16, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    P.S. I would never take the flu shot. They put terrible things in it! I’ve heard medical professionals feel very unethical giving out flu shot and vaccinations. I only got the flu bug because my stress level was too high for a few days. I follow an impeccable diet from Jordan Rubin, that’s the key to health. Once I felt too weak and tired and gave into some corticosteroids. Almost killed my liver! Saw less bleeding for a few days then got worse after the pillls were gone. Umm hello, these meds worsen your guts terrain!!! That is NOT a fix, Gimme a break! No medical doctors for inflammatory bowel diseases. “Restoring your digestive health” by Jordan Rubin..makes healing fool proof. I’m on the right path now, gonna keep my stress under control

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