Vaccination risks and benefits for patients taking biologics

Patients receiving biologic therapy need counselling about risks and benefits

Sandra is 42, a single mother and freelance merchandiser.


Her son is nearly five, but has been refused attendance at the local preschool because he has not been vaccinated. Sandra has always been a little ‘alternative' in her approach to medical a matters.

Sandra's medical history is complex. She has ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and is receiving etanercept injections to good effect. Her previous experience with biologic medication was with infliximab, but this resulted in a complex staphylococcal infection of her scalp.

Following this, she was very uncertain about her