The Swine Flu: Information For Our Patients, Especially Those On Immunosuppressive Treatments
- Regarding the H1N1 ("swine flu") vaccine: Patients on immunosuppressive therapy should use only the killed vaccine (injected) and not the live, attenuated (inhaled) version. Speak with your rheumatologist about whether this vaccine is appropriate for you.
- If you are about to begin an immunosuppressive agent, discuss the H1N1 vaccine with your rheumatologist.
- The H1N1 vaccine is now available to the entire American population, other than children less than six months, if felt appropriate by their physician.
- The seasonal influenza vaccine you may have received in 2008 or in 2009 is not protective against this swine flu infection.
- We will be following the Department of Health recommendations.
- Keep up to date on the swine flu at the Centers for Disease Control website: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/index.htm.
- Another useful source is the New York State Department of Health website: http://www.health.state.ny.us/.
- For those in the New York City area, the NYC Department of Health also has a helpful website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/home/home.shtml.
- Another useful website is: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.
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