hijeenie wrote:My husband was diagnosed last year and I think I remember the neurologist saying not to get the flu shot or use anything that can stimulate your immune system (he was against Vit C use!?). He takes Copaxone. Do others get the flu shot? This is such a bad year and I would hate for him to get sick. I work in a dental office and we have a 10 yr old so we are both exposed to lots of germs. We have had our vaccinations. Thanks for your input.
NHE wrote:I recall that there was a post some time ago that stated that people with MS should avoid the nasally delivered flu vaccine, but that the standard flu shot was ok.
The 2012-2013 Injectable Seasonal Flu Vaccine (includes H1N1)
The 2012-2012 seasonal influenza (flu) immunization is a single preparation that provides immunity to three different flu virus strains. It contains an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus, and this year's H1N1 virus, which means that only one "shot" is needed.
The injectable flu vaccine, which is an ‘inactivated’ vaccine, is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age. It has been studied extensively in people with MS and is considered quite safe. The injectable flu vaccine may be taken by people who are taking an interferon medication, glatiramer acetate, mitoxantrone, natalizumab, or fingolimod. However it is not yet known whether the vaccine is as effective for those talking natalizumab or fingolimod.
People who are experiencing a serious relapse that affects their ability to carry out activities of daily living should defer vaccination until 4-6 weeks after the onset of the relapse.
FluMist® is a live-virus flu vaccine (sometimes called LAIV for "live attenuated influenza vaccine”) that is delivered via a nasal spray. This live-virus vaccine is not recommended for people with MS. Live, attenuated vaccines are those whose biological activity has been reduced so that their ability to cause disease has been weakened but not totally inactivated.
A high-dose flu vaccine is available for people over age 65. This high-dose vaccine has not been studied in people with MS of any age. At present, the Centers for Disease Control is not recommending the high-dose vaccine over the seasonal flu vaccine for the general population.
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