Vaccines are an important tool for preventing serious infections, particularly for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. While on a biologic treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (such as a TNF-inhibitor), you can receive any vaccine that is INACTIVATED or NOT LIVE. This includes the influenza vaccine when it is given as a shot (injection). Some vaccines contain live virus, such as zoster (shingles) vaccine and intranasal influenze vaccine (flu mist). Patients on biologic therapies for RA should NOT receive these vaccines.
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