Remicade and vaccinations

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   Posted 7/13/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
My oldest daughter is ready to launch to college in the fall and needs to get her pre-college vaccinations. My younger daughter with severe Crohn's is on Remicade. Does anyone know if it is okay for her to be around sister after vaccinations? (No live virus vaccinations when on Remi.) She is very susceptible to anything floating around out there with her comprised immune system (got a whopping dose of the flu even after the (non-live) vaccination. We do have the option of sis waiting and getting her vaccinations on-campus. Would that be a better choice? College daughter's doc just doesn't know. You guys seem to keep up with everything, or know where to point people for answers. THANKS!!!

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   Posted 7/13/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
My understanding is that it *shouldn't* be a problem. My wife was on Enbrel, which is a similar drug to Remicade, and I am currently on Remicade. My 3 year old adopted son has had all his regular immunizations, and neither my wife or I have had any issues with it. In fact, the RN for the pediatrician is the same RN who administers my Remicade, so she would be aware and would let me know. I've also had the flu shot the last few years, all while getting Remicade infusions, and no problems. I did get flu like symptoms a time or two, but I don't think it was the Remicade.

In addition, I work at a University. While I don't normally interface with students, it does happen, and up until a few years ago I did interface more with students. I never had an issue, and actually felt that at times my health is better than it has ever been. So, Remicade and 6mp seem to be OK in this respect. I did, however, get a pretty good talking too from my GP doctor about washing hands a lot, and being very careful about being around sick people while on these drugs.

If you have the choice, I'd say let your daughter get the immunizations at the college, just to be on the safe side. No reason to risk it, even if there is little to no chance of there being an issue.
Matthew McKenna,

Remicade, 6MP and a few of their friends.

"I'm just along for the ride."

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