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MS and the Coronavirus: Can we get vaccinated?
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Hey, I've had MS for many years now (sometimes I almost lose count!) and I feel like I remember at the beginning the neurologist told me that I couldn't be vaccinated anymore. No flu shots, no shots for foreign travel, etc. Does anyone know anything about this? Has this changed in recent years? At a time where we may eventually have a vaccine for COVID-19, I've been wondering about it.
If I remember right I think the neurologist said that my immune system was attacking itself so it wouldn't be wise to introduce a virus to it, even if it's for inoculation purposes.
What do you all think? Thanks.
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Now that the flu season is quickly approaching, I think this thread would be particularly relevant to us.
Do you normally get a flu shot or have you been advised not to? If so, do you count on getting vaccinated this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?
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Courtney_J, Community Manager, Carenity US
Got our flu vaccines.
@Courtney_J My neurologist said vaccines are OK as long as they are not live vaccines. I had the synthetic shingles vaccine and will have a flu shot as soon as the pharmacies get more in. Hoping the Covid vaccines will be synthetic.
When I was first diagnosed the physician told me I should not receive a flu vaccine. I started to do research with the MS Society and all the literature was suggesting that I do get the flu vaccine. Since then I have received flu vaccine. I’ve been diagnosed with MS for 21 years. 61 now.
@Rjackson Nice to meet you - I've been diagnosed since 1993 and am now 66 years old. It's been quite the journey.
I have always been told not to do flu vaccine abd never taken one. As for vaccine Covid , once scientist come up with a vaccine, I will then as my neuro list. I will not be a Guinness pig.
I am sure its fine. Vaccines are 90% affective.
@rockin888 No problem.
Hi! I get flu vaccine every year and my neurologist suggested I get the covid vaccine as I work in health care. (you can get vaccines as long as they are not "live virus" like the shingrix for shingles.) I received first dose with just arm soreness as the side effect. My next is due 1/26/2021.
Hope this helps.
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