I am in my early 60s, stopped taking Avonex 7 weeks ago and will start taking Aubagio in the future. Should I get a shingles vaccine during this interim period of being off any MS medication? If so, how long should I wait before starting Aubagio?
We recommend discussing specifics with your treating physician, but in general we do not recommend live vaccines while on Aubagio. We recommend, in general, at least one month between the last dose of a live vaccine and the initiation of a medication that significantly alters the immune system.
Benjamin M. Greenberg, MD, MHS
Vice Chair of Translational Research and Ambulatory Care
Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics
Director, Transverse Myelitis, Neuromyelitis Optica Programs
Co-Director, Pediatric CONQUER Program
UT Southwestern Medical Center