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The flu season is here!
If you are on a medication that lowers the immune system, you and your family should get a flu shot every year, starting in the fall. Do not use the mist as this is "live." If you have any questions please call the rheumatology office at 412-692-5081 and ask to speak with a nurse.

In addition to the flu vaccine, we are recommending that our immunosuppressed patients receive the swine flu (H1N1 flu) vaccine at their primary care doctor's office.

'Live' Vaccines
If your child is taking a medication that lowers the immune system, then a 'live' vaccine should not be administered (for example, varicella, MMR, etc.). These medications include methrotrexate, enbrel, humira, remicade, imuran, cellcept, rituximab, arava, cyclosporine, high-dose prednisone, and anakinra. Please always be sure to consult your rheumatologist before your child gets a live vaccine, as decisions may be on a case by case basis.

*The contents of Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC's website are for informational and educational purposes only. Children's Hospital does not give specific medical advice on its website. The content of this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because information contained on this website.

Last Update
April 7, 2010
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