We recommend you get your annual flu vaccine.
As for the pneumonia vaccine, this is typically recommended for those over 65 years of age unless patients are immunocompromised. Since you are on Copaxone, which doesn't suppress your immune system, I don't think you need to get it at this time unless otherwise indicated by your primary care provider.
As for the shingles vaccine, we recommend M.S. Patients stay away from live vaccines (such as the shingles vaccine) because it can potentially increase an immune response. Since you are on Copaxone this isn't as much of a concern since it doesn't compromise your immune system; although, there is still the potential for increased disease activity. We recommend each patient discuss the potential benefits and risks of this vaccine with her or his primary care provider.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Jocelyn E Doehler, NP
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