Should patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) taking anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents avoid live-virus vaccines?

Updated: Feb 07, 2020
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Patients taking anti-TNF agents must avoid live-virus vaccines. Giving live vaccines to patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs leads to a higher risk for serious infection.


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