I am ineligible for the NHS shingles vaccination a) because I’m outside the age group it’s offered to and b) because it’s a live vaccine. I take fingolimod which means that all live vaccines are contraindicated. (I’m told that the jury’s out with regard to live vaccines for all MSers in any case.) So when I heard that a non-live shingles vaccine is now available privately I got interested – getting shingles on top of the MS would be the stuff of nightmares and any protection offered would be money well spent IMO. The worry would be that it could worsen the MS. The company’s blurb didn’t have much to say about its use with immuno-compromised patients so I decided to ask advice from the MS team. The neuro has replied, enclosing the evidence gathered from the hospital pharmacist’s (extensive) investigations into the drug trials. His advice is not to have the vaccination. When I see him next year I’ll ask further, but it’s looking like I can’t do anything to avoid the risk of shingles. I’ll post any updates on this.
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