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Flu season threat greater for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis who are taking immunosuppressive drugs
Date:10/21/2013

stems, it can be a much more serious threat," said Andy Robertson, Ph.D., chief scientific and medical officer of the National Psoriasis Foundation. "It's also important that each person discusses vaccinations with their doctor and keep their vaccines up to date."

According to the CDC, manufacturers have begun shipping seasonal flu vaccines, which should be in ample supply by October.

The flu vaccine recommendation is part of a larger report issued by the National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board that outlines its recommendations for vaccinations while on drugs that suppress the immune system.

The report states that keeping up to date with routine vaccinations would protect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis whose immune systems are compromised from biologic drugs. However, the NPF Medical Board notes that many adults with psoriasis are behind on vaccinations. Although inactivated vaccines are safe, they may not be as effective for people on biologics, the report finds.

View the full chart of vaccine recommendations at www.psoriasis.org/vaccines.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation
National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world's largest organization serving people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Our priority is to provide the information and services for people to take control of their condition, while increasing research to find a cure. In addition to serving more than 2.1 million people annually through our patient and professional education and advocacy initiatives, NPF has funded more than $10 million in psoriatic disease research. Visit us online at www.psoriasis.org or call 800.723.9166. Follow NPF on Facebook and Twitter.


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