Is there a vaccine for multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Therapeutic vaccines are under investigation to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus and other autoimmune diseases. These diseases result from an overactive immune system, one that fails to differentiate between "self" and "non-self" cells and attacks the body's own tissue.

Vaccines to treat such conditions are designed to "down-regulate" the immune system by training certain immune cells to attack disease-causing immune cells. One such vaccine that has shown good results in early clinical trials is a DNA vaccine that targets the T cells that attack myelin, nerve cell sheathing, in people with MS.

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Vaccines & Immunizations

Vaccines are commonly given to children in the form of a shot to help prevent serious diseases like measles and mumps. Vaccines are developed using either dead strains of a disease, weakened strains, or strains of a different dise...

ase. As adults, we receive flu vaccines or may need a booster of childhood vaccines to retain immunity. Travelers may receive vaccines either as a condition of entry to a country, or on recommendation of health officials. Generally there is little or no reaction to a vaccine, but in some cases the vaccine may cause an allergic reaction or a temporary, mild illness. Some vaccines are not safe for pregnant women, so it’s important to check with a healthcare professional.

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