I was diagnosed with CLL in 2007 and had FCR in 2010/11, having only 5 of the six treatments. Prior to this I had been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis in the hands which has spread to the knees and feet. The treatment for this is currently subcutaneous methotrexate (20mls) per week. Because of his I had the pneumovac injection which was said at the time to be life cover. However, 3 out of the last 4 years, over the winter periods, I have had pneumonia which has led to hospital admissions and IV antibiotics with stays lasting from 4 to 9 days (because of blood counts). Does anyone have any information of alternative vaccinations that could prevent this reoccurrence?
Although its not necessarily linked to my CLL, in July this year I got salmonella and campylobacter which led to kidney failure. I was on IV antibiotics and potassium for 7 days and a hospital stay for 14 days. Could I have got this because I have CLL and deficient immune system because of that and the methotrexate?
I would be interested to know if anyone else has had similar experiences?