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Can I get a vaccine if I'm taking tumor necrosis factor inhibitors?

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No. Make sure you're up to date on all vaccines before you start a tumor necrosis factor medication. After you start taking them, your immune system won't work like it should. Don't get vaccines with live viruses while you're on these drugs because you might have a negative reaction. They can interfere with how well the vaccines work.

From: What Is a TNF Inhibitor? WebMD Medical Reference

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American College of Rheumatology: "Anti-TNF Drugs."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Biologic Therapies."

FDA. "FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment."

Ma, X and Xu, S. . Published online, November 2012. Biomedical Reports

MedlinePlus: "Etanercept Injection."

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: "Anti-TNFa Treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Tanaka, Y. , 2013.                Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Anti-TNF Drugs."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Biologic Therapies."

FDA. "FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment."

Ma, X and Xu, S. . Published online, November 2012. Biomedical Reports

MedlinePlus: "Etanercept Injection."

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: "Anti-TNFa Treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Tanaka, Y. , 2013.                Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 14, 2018

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