Just read this today...after several years mulling the pros & cons of vaccination over...this seems a pretty good summary to me:
This past year, I've been referred by my Lupus & Vasculitis clinic for investigations by immunology re my early onset immunodeficiencies (these pre-existed my systemic immunosuppressive treatment for lupus)
Recently, immunology told me I created no antibodies to the pneumovax 23 vacc. So now they're trying me on the prevenar 13 pneumonia vacc. And for the first time in 4 + years I've braved having the flu vacc (the last time I had it was the same year my infant inset lupus diagnosis was recovered (i.e. 2011 when i was in my late 50s) and systemic treatment begun with daily hydroxy....at that time a flu vacc segued into a bad lupus flare with osteomyelitis flaring in my upper jaw alongside sinusitis: EEEEK😖😤😰)
Since that horrendous year, I've avoided the flu vacc. Meanwhile, my SLE treatment plan has evolved to include daily myco, amitrip & low dose pred, thanks to rheumatology gradually figuring out the nature of my version of
Immune dysfunction....also, I've continued to need frequent long term high doses of antibiotics (hence the referral to immunology,).
now that my medics understand that I have simultaneous early onset immunodeficiency as well as autoimmune conditions (typically, at 62, my lupus runs alongside sjogrens + raynauds + erythromelalgia + lichen Sclerosus etc etc) I feel more confident that I'm more likely to get the individualised treatment odd ball cases like mine require...and, on immunology's recommendation, I've recently had the first flu vaccine since that dreadful osteomyelitis year, with no probs this time...plus I've let immunology try out these pneumonia vaccines. I feel as if I'm living & learning...alongside my medics....and I appreciate better than ever before how complicated it is to diagnose and treat cases of immune dysfunction
I know I'm not alone in this....hope you find the link helpful