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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
is the flu vaccine safe for people with myasthenia gravis symptoms mild and not medicated but have muscle weakness when tired
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.
Robert W Neel, IV, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati