In a guideline published in the current online issue of Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) receive recommended vaccinations, including yearly flu shots.
“We reviewed all of the available evidence and for people with MS, preventing infections through vaccine use is a key part of medical care,” said Mauricio F. Farez, MD, MPH, of the FLENI Institution. “People with MS should feel safe and comfortable getting their recommended vaccinations.”
The guideline also recommends that MS patients ensure that their care team knows the MS medications they are using before receiving vaccinations. Certain vaccinations might not work well with some MS medications.
The guideline suggests that people experiencing an MS flare, or relapse, consult their doctor before receiving vaccinations and consider waiting until the flare has passed before being vaccinated.
Also, the guideline states that some vaccines might not prevent infection for people who take certain MS medications. It is recommended, however, that patients maintain all their recommended vaccinations, including their flu shot.
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