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Journal Review: Doctor – Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Infection and Immunization in Individuals with Neuromuscular Disorders
Doctor – Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Infection and Immunization in Individuals with Neuromuscular Disorders

The clinical course of neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) can be affected by infections, both in immunocompetent individuals, and in those with reduced immunocompetence due to immunosuppressive/immunomodulating therapies. Infections and immunizations may also trigger NMDs. There is a potential for reduced efficacy of immunizations in patients with reduced immunocompetence. The recent vaccination program for Coronavirus Disease- 2019 (COVID-19) raises several questions regarding the safety and efficacy of this vaccine in individuals with NMDs. In this Practice Statement, we address the role of vaccine-preventable infections in NMDs and the safety and efficacy of immunization in individuals with NMDs, with emphasis on vaccination against COVID-19.

The AANEM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AANEM designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit expires 1/15/2024.

No one involved in the planning of this CME activity had any relevant financial relationships to disclose. Any conflicts have been resolved by the Journal in accordance with the Muscle & Nerve editorial process.

Sasha A Živković, MD, PhD; Gregory Gruener, MD, MBA, MHPE; Pushpa Narayanaswami, MD; and the AANEM Quality and Patient Safety Committee

AANEM Quality and patient Safety Committee Members 2020
1. Pushpa Narayanaswami, MBBS, DM (Chair)
2. Michele L. Arnold, MD
3. David R. Del Toro, MD
4. Urvi G. Desai, MD
5. Nida G. Gleveckas-Martens, DO
6. Gregory Gruener, MD, MBA, MHBE
7. Lyell K. Jones, MD
8. Charles D Kassardjian, MD, MSc
9. John C. Kincaid, MD
10. Michelle Aldonsa McFarlane, MD
11. Earnest L. Murray, MD
12. Jayashri Srinivasan, MBBS, PhD
13. Deborah A. Venesy, MD
14. Sasha A. Živković, MD, PhD
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