Starting an immunosuppressant?

There are many diseases that impact the body’s immune system.

Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Chrons Disease, psoriasis, Sojourns disease, ulcerative colitis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and ankylosing spondylitis are often treated with medication that can suppress or change the immune system. These medications are often called immunomodulators or immunosuppressants.

Chemotherapy, transplants and some forms of radiation can also significantly impact the body’s immune system.

If at all possible, it is recommended that individuals complete a full review of their vaccine history and future travel plans PRIOR to starting medication that will blunt or change their immune system.

Live vaccines such as yellow fever, measles, mumps and rubella cannot be given when the immune system is suppressed. Other vaccines may not work as well when the immune system is suppressed.

This is why anyone planning to take a medication or have a procedure that could change the immune system should ideally be vaccinated  BEFORE starting treatment.

Our consultants will provide a detailed assessment and create a plan to ensure that you have the immunity you need BEFORE you start immunomodulators.

Appointments can be booked online. Standard consult fees apply