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Old 12-20-2009, 05:57 AM   #1
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6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

My daughter had a confirmed case of H1N1 in June of 2009 after being exposed on a trip to Washington DC. She was very sick (never life-threatening) but recovered. This child has rarely, in 17 years, been sick. Growing up she never caught the seasonal flus or colds. Since having H1N1 she's been sick with flu-like or other symptoms repeatedly. This week her symptoms are stomach pain, nausea, sore throat and extreme fatigue but no fever. She's missed more school this year than all the years combined preceding. Could H1N1 cripple a healthy immune system permanently? Are any other survivors seeing this effect?

 
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

That actually sounds a lot like how I felt when I had mono.... you might have her checked for that?

Other than that, I have noticed that a lot of what used to be minor viruses seem to be affecting people a lot worse these days than they used to.... I don't know what's going on, but it's a little scary!

 
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:54 PM   #3
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

A healthy child should have a healthy immune system. And to catch a new disease will just mean that child has immunity for the rest of her life. Why not be thankful?!

 
Old 01-31-2010, 09:22 AM   #4
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

A friend of mine is having similiar problems - ever since she had H1N1 in August, she's just been sick constantly. I would consider giving your daughter some immune system support to help build up her system - elderberry is great and very safe to be taken daily. You can find elderberry in lozenges or syrup in the "colds and flus" section of any health food store. Echinacea is another herb good for boosting immunity.

 
Old 02-01-2010, 07:56 PM   #5
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

From what I have heard, many people who had H1N1 last year, myself included, are now having difficulties fighting off other bugs. Since getting H1N1 in October I have been sick 2 other times with respiratory/sinus problems. I recently began taking supplements and echinacea and only wish I would have started after my initial illness. H1N1 is a very strong virus that no doubt takes its toll on ones immune system so hopefully in time she will be feeling much better.

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Old 03-02-2010, 03:06 PM   #6
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

My six year old son has had similar experiences after having Influenza A in October last year (2009). He developed pneumonia two weeks after having the virus and had a very difficult time getting over it. Now it seems like every bug going around turns into a significant respiratory infection for him or maybe the infection never fully goes away. There also seems to be a pattern to the illnesses in that he complains of stomach pains for a few days then he will start coughing and sounding congested and then have a fever that goes up to 104+. This has happened four times since October 2009 and he is now starting to complain of stomach pains again. My son had never been sick with a fever prior to having this virus. I definitely agree the virus compromises the immune system.

 
Old 03-03-2010, 08:17 PM   #7
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

I've had the same experience. Was diagnosed with H1N1 in December, then I got another bug two weeks ago. I'm assuming this one is the other flu virus that's going around because I had normal flu symptoms like body aches, fatigue, fever, cough, congestion, etc... just not nearly as severe as the symptoms I had with swine flu. The weird thing is that this time even though the symptoms aren't as severe, they've lasted a lot longer than usual. I still have some congestion after two weeks.

 
Old 03-11-2010, 03:26 PM   #8
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

Hi there, I was in ICU for 6 days and another 3 in isolation with confirmed H1N1. This was in November 2009. Although I have not fallen ill again I continue to have sinus and respitory trouble. I was incubated twice in that time period and after being released from the hospital, had a relapse. The first epesode nearly killed me twice but the relapse just took an addition dose of tamaflu. Not my doc tells me that it can take a long time to recover months and months if your lucky. I hope all that got this one gets better and the pro's are still learning so cheers to recovery !

 
Old 03-29-2010, 04:55 PM   #9
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

I am a healthy 52 yo who had near fatal H1N1 pneumonia in October. I am now immunosuppressed with no IGG, debilitated, seeing 14 specialists from all the complications. I see an infectious disease doc who is great. One in your area could cover all the bases for you and do the testing your daughter needs.

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Old 03-30-2010, 04:01 AM   #10
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

Thank you all for your responses. I had contacted CDC with my concern and was "assured" that there were "no reports" of "weakened immune systems" among H1N1 patients. My daughter fought off several bouts with flu-like symptoms over the course of the winter but now (starting in late January) has seemed to be back to her normal healthy state. Last bout of some bug at school that took out several students did not effect her at all. I hope and pray all that have had this virus will recover as she has appeared to!

 
Old 04-09-2010, 12:58 PM   #11
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

yes,yes,yes! My daughter(16) and I had a mild case of H1N1 in the late fall. Ever since we are tired most of the time and can't concentrate. We catch everything that is going around. My daughter (like yours) was almost never sick before even when all her friends were sick. I had a very severe case of Mono when I was 17 and this feels like the months after that. I have talked to other people in my area who also say that are feeling this way.

 
Old 04-17-2010, 01:37 PM   #12
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

I'm having the same issue. Came down with the Swine flu on Halloween, was out of work most of November, had symptoms for over 4 months and have been sick almost continually ever since. I thought it was due to stress from the job (teaching middle school) but now I think it's that my immune system has been compromised by the virus. I hate it!

 
Old 01-14-2011, 10:03 PM   #13
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

Well here we are, over a year and half since my then 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with H1N1. She's now 18 and a senior in high school and has missed more days of school in the las year and half than all her other school years combined. She still is picking up every bug going around school and was with exaggerated symptoms compared to others. I'm at my wits end trying to keep her healthy. Has anyone else gotten over this effect of surviving H1N1? What are you doing to boost your immune system?

 
Old 01-15-2011, 08:57 AM   #14
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

I have also noticed my 17 was less resistant since having H1N1 in Nov2009. For the last 2 months I have been giving her 2000 IU of Vitamin D per day and she seems to be better. She also (voluntarily) quit drinking pop and eating candy and she thinks the reduction in sugar consumption has helped. (She still eats chocolate.)

 
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Re: 6 months after surviving H1N1 ... now weakened immune system?

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Originally Posted by ksteachermom View Post
My daughter had a confirmed case of H1N1 in June of 2009 after being exposed on a trip to Washington DC. She was very sick (never life-threatening) but recovered. This child has rarely, in 17 years, been sick. Growing up she never caught the seasonal flus or colds. Since having H1N1 she's been sick with flu-like or other symptoms repeatedly. This week her symptoms are stomach pain, nausea, sore throat and extreme fatigue but no fever. She's missed more school this year than all the years combined preceding. Could H1N1 cripple a healthy immune system permanently? Are any other survivors seeing this effect?
Yes, I contracted the H1N1 in November 2009, but mine was life threatning, I am constantly sick every month.

 
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