Supporting People with MS
Supporting people affected by MS to lead independent, active and fulfilling lives
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Your Health and Our Services during Covid-19
Updated message from Wellington Neurology March 2021
There are understandably a lot of concerns and questions about the COVID-19 vaccination for people with MS. After reviewing the available information the Wellington Neurology Department has the following advice.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is important. The vaccine supplied in New Zealand is the Pfizer vaccine. This is a non-live vaccine and is considered safe for people with MS and for those on disease modifying therapy. It is recommended people with MS have the vaccine.
For people taking Copaxone, Betaferon, Avonex, Aubagio, Tecfidera, Gilenya and Tysabri no adjustments need to be made to your therapy for the vaccination.
For people taking Ocrevus, to aim for the best chance of a good immune response to the vaccine, we would advise having the vaccine at least 3 months after your last infusion or 8 weeks prior to your next infusion to ensure your second dose is given 4 weeks prior to your infusion.
If you have recently received steroids for a MS relapse, we recommend delaying vaccination for 5 days.
Covid 19 Vaccination
If you use the government online tool for finding out which group you are included in for receiving the vaccine, you will notice that having MS does not put you in Group 3 if you are under 65. However, if you are disabled with your MS, and tick that box, you will go into Group 3.
Important to note you need to wait:
2 weeks between the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and influenza (flu) vaccine
4 weeks between the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Further information and questions and answers can be found here:
On-going MS Community Advisory Service
Your health is our top priority and we want to keep you and our team as safe as possible at any time and especially throughout Covid.
Our Community Advisory Service continues to be available for people with MS throughout Covid.
At alert levels 2, 3 and 4 it becomes a ‘virtual service’ so that you can have contact with your Community Advisor by phone, email or video conferencing. Face to face support groups do not take place under levels 2, 3 and 4.
At alert level 1 it is largely business as usual. Community Advisors can visit and face to face support groups are back up and running.
During alert level 1 we still encourage all those sensible hygiene factors such as handwashing and sanitising, use of the Covid-19 tracker or manual logging systems. Before visiting or meeting your Community Advisor will ask you if you have been unwell or are experiencing any symptoms. Community Advisors will use hand sanitiser before and after visiting and will keep a sensible physical distance.
If you are unwell, experiencing fever and/or respiratory symptoms please stay home, contact your GP or Healthline on 0800 358 5453. If you test positive for Covid 19 please be in touch with the MS Nurse, Imogen Milner on 04 8060340.
If you are unsure whether you are immune-compromised due to your medication, you can refer to the MSNZ advice HERE
For up to date status on NZ and regional alert levels check here https://covid19.govt.nz/
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our annual Wellington Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 56th AGM at the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to come together and provide an update on our work, the needs and challenges that our organisation has faced throughout the previous year, and how we
This year’s AGM will be held on Saturday, 10th October 2020, at Upper Hutt Cossie Club, Logan Street, Upper Hutt at 11am. This year, Anne La Flamme, who all of you will know as a great supporter of MS Wellington and a treasure-trove of information about MS will give a short talk about current research