Barry D. Brause, MD Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery Clinical Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
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.