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Monday, November 9, 2009

Is the H1N1 vaccination safe for those with multiple sclerosis?

source: MastersofMS.com

In your opinion, is the H1N1 vaccination safe for those with multiple sclerosis?

The National MS Society and our clinic recommend influenza vaccinations, as well as other routine vaccinations, for people with multiple sclerosis.

Vaccination does not influence the onset of multiple sclerosis. In a study of 440 people with MS published in 2003, the risk of having MS was not influenced by prior immunizations. There was no increase in MS in those receiving vaccinations anytime in the past, within the past one to five years, or within the past year. Vaccinations for hepatitis B, influenza, tetanus, measles, and rubella were studied.

Similarly, vaccination does not cause attacks in those already diagnosed with MS. In a large European study, vaccination in the past one, two or three months was not associated with an increased risk of MS attacks. This study looked at tetanus, hepatitis B and influenza vaccines. In a smaller study of 104 subjects with MS, those who received influenza vaccination had the same rate of MS attacks in the following six weeks as those receiving placebo. There is no evidence that tetanus, hepatitis B, or influenza vaccines cause MS attacks.

Those who are not vaccinated have an increased risk of getting the flu.

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