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Michele from Camrose asks: I was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease and am taking plaquenil. Should I be getting a flu shot and also I am in need of my second MMR immunization. Is it safe to proceed?

As a general rule, most vaccines are safe for those with a rheumatic disease and on treatment.  In fact, patients are encouraged to receive an annual influenza vaccination.

Caution is required for live vaccines, such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), depending on the medication you are taking.  Visit our vaccination page to find out more, but always discuss the details of your particular situation with your physician.

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