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Rituxan and Childhood Immunizations

Rocquie's picture
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My little almost 5-year-old granddaughter is scheduled for some immunizations and I have been asked to go with her. She will be getting Dtap, MMR, IPV, and Varicella (chicken pox). It occurs to me that since I am on Rituxan, that it may not be safe for me to go for this appointment. Or maybe not even be around her for a while? 

I have a call in to my Doctor's office, but I'm curious if anyone here  knows anything about that?

Thanks much,



girliefighter's picture
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Joined: Mar 2013


You should be fine if you are just on rituxan, it is just a monoclonal antibody that goes in and shuts off a switch on the cells and tells them to stop die off and stop replicating basically. I just had those same immunizations for school and I am currently on Rituxan as well.



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