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Date: 20.06.2010
From: Mike

Subject: Varicella Vaccination

Hey, wondered if anyone could advise me here.

I'm due to start methotrexate treatment but as I'm not immune to chickenpox, I have to have the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine before commencement.

My rheumatologist told me to arrange this with my GP, which after some hassle I have done, but they're apparently having trouble finding a supplier to order it in from as they don't routinely stock it.

At this rate, I'm going to end up at my next check up appointment having not even started therapy! Especially considering that the vaccination has to be given as two doses 6-8 weeks apart, followed by a blood test 4 weeks later.

Does anyone know of anyway I might be able to get it faster? Preferably without having to pay for it, although that may end up being necessary...
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Date: 21.06.2010
From: Mike

Subject: Re: Varicella Vaccination

D'oh, just me that's had this problem then?
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Date: 21.06.2010
From: Sally

Subject: Re: Varicella Vaccination

hi Mike, is it a live vaccine then? I thought they were the only ones you had to avoid whilst on Mtx. No-one asked me if I had had chicken pox before I started on it.
Sorry can't help you more.
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Date: 21.06.2010
From: Mike

Subject: Re: Varicella Vaccination

It is a live vaccine unfortunately, so I can't start Mtx treatment until I've had both jabs.

Apparently if you've not had chickenpox and you start immunosuppressant therapy and come into contact with it, you can contract shingles badly enough to warrant hospitalization, so I'm told!

Thank you anyway :)
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Date: 22.06.2010
From: Sally

Subject: Re: Varicella Vaccination

Well good luck getting it done. I have had shingles dozens of times in the past but not for the last 10 years so hoping it doesn't appear again!
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