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03-23-2019, 02:36 PM   #1
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Question about vaccinations

In the state of Illinois, it is required for me to receive a meningitis vaccine before school next year. Now, I have heard that you have to be careful about your medication and vaccinations. I am currently on Remicade right now, and I was wondering if it is safe to receive this vaccine while on Remicade.
03-23-2019, 04:56 PM   #2
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I received the meningococcal conjugate vaccine before going to university, while taking azathioprine. I think, since it isn't a live vaccine, you should be fine to receive it while on Remicade.
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03-23-2019, 09:16 PM   #3
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Find out if it is a live vaccine - no live vaccines while on Remicade. If it isn't a live vaccine, try to have it half-way between your infusions.
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03-23-2019, 10:59 PM   #4
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Find out if it is a live vaccine - no live vaccines while on Remicade. If it isn't a live vaccine, try to have it half-way between your infusions.
Good to know. Thank you for the replies Jo-mom and emmaaaaragh.
03-24-2019, 11:04 AM   #5
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One more thing - if it is a live vaccine, you can still take it while on Remicade but you must wait a month after you are vaccinated before you can have infusion. If you are on a 8 week cycle, then this would still work, but if you are on a shorter cycle, then this would be a challenge.
03-25-2019, 05:07 AM   #6
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Another "no" vote if it's a live vaccine. Talk with your doctor about how you should proceed. You should be able to get an exemption if you have the medical documentation to back it up.



I understand the desire to minimize the risk of disease in an institutional or communal setting, but I can't stand blanket policies made by those who are completely clueless about autoimmune diseases. My wife is allergic to the flu vaccine, yet she has trouble with her employer every fall because they require everyone to take it. Even with the documentation, she still has problems.
03-25-2019, 07:58 AM   #7
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Jo-mom and Mountaineer01, from what I have come accross, it is not a live vaccine, although, I am still going to call and ask my GI doctor about this.
03-25-2019, 11:30 AM   #8
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Meningitis vaccine is not live
We just try to space it out as far away from biologic injection as possible
And mtx if you take that as well
Check on mtx since there was some research on the abd effectiveness of flu vaccine with timing
Definitely call your Gi for advice though

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03-25-2019, 10:36 PM   #9
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My son just received the meningococcal vaccine a couple weeks ago. It is not a live vaccine. He is on remicade and methotrexate.💜
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