Is it safe for my daughter with MS to receive the whooping cough vaccine? I am concerned about whether or not the vaccine contains a live virus. My older daughter is expecting a baby and since we are going to be to be caregivers, her doctor wants us to receive this vaccine.
Both the childhood DTap vaccine and adult Tdap vaccine for whooping cough prevention (a mixed vaccine that also includes Tetanus and Diptheria vaccination, all of which are recommended with the whooping cough vaccine) are inactive and safe for people with MS and their family members. The main contraindications for either vaccine is a serious prior reaction to the vaccine or an unstable neurological condition not well identified and under treatment.
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Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Director of Hillcrest Neurology
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego