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December 2020
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Medications, laser procedures and surgery are all options for slowing or stopping this sight-robbing disease. But first, early detection is key to catching the problem before vision loss becomes severe.

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I take a drug for rheumatoid arthritis that suppresses my immune system. I'm scheduled to receive a vaccine later this year. Is getting a vaccine a safe and wise thing to do?

Appropriate and timely vaccines are very important for anyone with a suppressed immune system. That's because a suppressed immune system increases your vulnerability to infections, including those that can be prevented by vaccines. However, vaccine selection for a person with immune suppression is a nuanced topic. It's important to have a detailed discussion with your doctor, as the choices are individualized based on your circumstances.

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