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A 69-year-old male asked:

should someone with a compromised immune system due to rheumatoid arthritis get the flu vaccine, especially during the covid-19 crisis? also, does the flu vaccine in south africa use live or dead viruses?

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Dr. Claudine nandi Lee
Specializes in General Practice
If available: Yes worth getting the influenza injection especially if immuno-compromised.
Dr. David Kaplan
Specializes in
Flu vaccine: Any flu vaccine will cause your immune system to respond.I advise,if your decision is to be vaccinated,to do it over a period of 6 weeks..I like a little bit on day 1 ,then more 2 weeks later and more two weeks later still. That way you get the full killed vaccine ,and your body develops an immune response with its ability still intact to fight Covid 19 if necessary.

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Last updated Apr 10, 2020

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