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Myasthenia Gravis

Flu vaccine

10/27/2009

Question:

is the flu vaccine safe for people with myasthenia gravis symptoms mild and not medicated but have muscle weakness when tired

Answer:

I have not found association of flu shots and aggravation of myasthenic symptoms. I believe the flu shot is safe for my patients, especially the ones on immunosuppression, but I direct them toward the inactivated (dead)formulation. Patients with immunosuppression (steroids, IVIG, cellcept, imuran, etc) used to treat myasthenia gravis should avoid live virus vaccines. Talk about it with your physician. 

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Response by:

Robert W Neel, IV, MD Robert W Neel, IV, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati