Should patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) get a hepatitis B vaccination?

Updated: Oct 08, 2019
  • Author: Christopher Luzzio, MD; Chief Editor: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA  more...
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Worldwide anecdotal reports suggesting a connection between hepatitis B vaccination and MS prompted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate this possibility. The CDC concluded that the weight of the available scientific evidence does not support the suggestion that hepatitis B vaccine causes or worsens MS. [47]

On the basis of the CDC findings, a National Multiple Sclerosis Society expert panel concluded as follows: “People with MS should not be denied access to health-preserving and potentially-life saving vaccines because of their MS, and should follow the CDC guidelines for any given vaccine.” [48]

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