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Maven
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hi everyone!

today i got both the H1N1 and seasonal flu shot as i need both of them so i can go into clinical next semester. but i am now in bed. i am tired and my head is not doing so hot. has anyone had the same experience with the flu shots aggravating the migraines?

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Kate


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I've only had the seasonal flu shot and it did not bother my head. I felt a bit flush and tired afterward, but that is all.
 
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Hi Kate,

I had the seasonal flu shot and, yes, it triggered a HM attack.

-Tonya


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I always opt out of the flu shots, due to Graves' Disease, because my levels are always unstable anyway, and I don't need them to be more thrown off from the immune response from the flu shot. Hope you're feeling better soon, though.



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I got both vaccines (the modified live intranasal H1N1) but had them more than one month apart. I didn't have any problems with them. I wouldn't be surprised if they did cause migraines for some people just from the immune response alone, but they didn't for me. Of course most people probably don't have issues with switching from the brand Flonase to the generic Flonase, but I did. It must have had something to do with whatever the propellant was. Hope you feel better!

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My wild migraine ride that wound me up on this site actually started a week after I got the flu shot this fall. We don't know for sure if the shot was a trigger or not, or if it was a trigger whether it was the mercury or the immune response that was the problem, but its proximity to my sudden increase in symptom severity always makes me wonder.

I'm betting that even without big weirdness like I got, simply the immune response after a flu shot can be a trigger, same as having an actual cold or flu right?
 
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Hi,

I just joined and saw you post. My migraines also have escalated and I noticed that it also was one week after i got my H1N1 vacination when I was looking back over my headache diary.
 
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My guess is that the immune response is a stressor to the system, which makes a person more susceptible to an opportunistic trigger.

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I'm betting that even without big weirdness like I got, simply the immune response after a flu shot can be a trigger, same as having an actual cold or flu right?



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