If a COVID-19 vaccine is developed will I be able to get it because of my treatments for multiple sclerosis?
Here is My Question:
If/when there is a cure/vaccine for COVID-19, can I take it given the medical treatment for MS? Or will I not be able to get the vaccine and; therefore, always be susceptible to COVID-19?
Most vaccines are available to all people including people with MS. In fact we typically encourage people with MS to keep current on their vaccinations. The exception is live or live attentuated vaccines, which are avoided in immunosuppressed individuals. We do not at present anticipate a live or live attentuated type of vaccine for COVID-19. Therefore, the COVID-19 vaccine would be recommended for people with MS, unless something unusual is discovered during the clinical development trials.
Revere P (Rip) Kinkel, MDProfessor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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