Are live-virus vaccines safe in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are taking anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) agents?

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 (eg, measles-mumps-rubella [MMR], HZV, varicella-zoster virus [VZV], and bacillus Calmette-Guérin [BCG] vaccines) to avoid the potential for serious infection.


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