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Friday, November 20, 2009 JAC, Community Member, asks

Q: Is it okay for MS Patients on therapy to get the MMR immunization?

I want to enroll in a community college and need to provide them with proof of MMR immunization.  I am 46 and do not have a copy of my childhood immunizations.  Is it okay for people with MS to get this/these shot(s)?  I am currently taking Rebif.  The exceptions listed for this immunization mention that people with immune system issues should not get it.

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Vicki, Health Guide
11/21/09 6:01am

Hi JAC,

The best thing to do is to ask the doctor administering your therapy.


In my research I found that it is uncommon for there to be any adverse reaction following the vaccination. Among those uncommon reactions were encephalomyelitis, optic neuritis, and transverse myelitis. There was also mention that children might be more vulnerable.


In the 70s  there was concern that MS might be a response to chronic measles virus infection, that was found not to be the case. It did, however, cause concern.


With all of this in mind, it would be a good idea to have a chat with your doctor concerning the vaccination. Good luck.

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JAC, Community Member
11/21/09 9:18am

Thank you very much!  I will attempt to do that.

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By JAC, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/30/10, First Published: 11/20/09