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January 15, 2011 / zzirf

Is there a changed immunity to colds and flu’s (and other infections) in M.E. over time?

Is there a changed immunity to colds and flu’s (and other infections) in M.E. over time?

Yes. Right after the onset of M.E. the patient seems to get every single bug going around. A little bit later on, in the acute/severest stages of M.E. (which often persists for a number of years or perhaps decades) patients often find that their immune system is so hyper-responsive that they get no colds or flu’s at all during this time.

Finally starting to get colds and flu’s again in M.E. is acknowledged to be a sign that the immune system is not so overactive and that the illness is improving overall. It’s a very positive sign that shows that your condition IS improving overall.

However, the experience and effect of colds and flu’s themselves may quickly become anything but positive. Having one infection after another can make life miserable and can cause the symptoms of M.E.to worsen to the point of a serious relapse. The patient can become very weak and disabled. So whilst being able to catch colds and flu’s again is overall a good sign, it is also very important to do everything possible to prevent these annoying secondary infections and to minimise them as much as possible when they do occur.

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