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Rituxan and Vaccines

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4 years 10 months ago - 4 years 10 months ago #66785 by Ellbell
Rituxan and Vaccines was created by Ellbell
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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4 years 10 months ago #66786 by JJ
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You should be fine. Rituxan doesn't get rid of those sorts of antibodies.

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4 years 10 months ago #66788 by MelA
Replied by MelA on topic Rituxan and Vaccines
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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