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Rituxan and Vaccines 3 years 1 month ago #66785

  • Ellbell
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My name is Joy, and I'm one of the fortunate people whose ITP went into remission 11 years ago with Rituxan. Does anyone know if I would need to have certain vaccines again that I got when I was 18 before college (ex: MMR) but had Rituxan in my mid-30s? I think Rituxan wipes out some antibodies, no?

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Rituxan and Vaccines 3 years 1 month ago #66786

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You should be fine. Rituxan doesn't get rid of those sorts of antibodies.

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Rituxan and Vaccines 3 years 1 month ago #66788

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When in doubt - check it out!

Ellbell all you have to do is talk to your doctor about your concerns - he/she can order blood tests to check for titers.
"A titer test is a laboratory blood test. It checks for the presence of certain antibodies in the blood stream. Testing involves drawing blood from a patient and check it in a lab for presence of bacteria or disease. It is often used to see if someone is immune to a certain virus or needs vaccination."

I had to have titers done because a tetanus booster sent my platelet count to the gutter - they wanted to see if I was still covered for that, pneumonia, MMR etc - titer was still good after over 10 years since that last tetanus booster that dropped my platelets, but did need a pneumonia immunization again.
"Instead of wasting your time worrying about symptoms, just get it checked out" -Nieca Goldberg, MD

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