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Multiple Sclerosis & COVID-19

Learn more about MS treatment guidelines and the COVID-19 vaccine for people living with MS.

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Medical experts convened by the National MS Society agree the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe and should be administered to people with MS.  Read the full COVID-19 vaccine guidance

COVID-19 Risk for People Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Current evidence shows that simply having MS does not make you more likely to develop COVID-19 or to become severely ill or die from the infection than the general population. However, the following groups of people with MS are more susceptible to having a severe case of COVID-19:
  • People with progressive MS
  • People with MS over the age of 60
  • Men with MS
  • Black people with MS and possibly South Asian people with MS
  • People with higher levels of disability (for example, an EDSS score of 6 or above, which relates to needing to use a walking stick)
  • People with MS and obesity (body mass index of 30 or higher), diabetes or diseases of the heart or lungs
  • People taking certain disease modifying therapies for their MS (see MS Treatment Guidelines During Coronavirus)

Learn more about who is at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

MS Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers who treat people living with MS can find additional information in our Professional Resource Center.

Working and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Healthcare Workers Who Have MS
  • There is no increased risk of you getting COVID-19 because you have MS.
  • If you are concerned about your risk of getting COVID-19 because of the DMT you take, please contact your MS provider for advice.
  • There are no special personal protective equipment (PPE) instructions for people with MS. You should follow the same precautions as other healthcare workers.
Employee Rights

There are many protections that could be available to you if your employer is not being flexible with work from home options or workplace accommodations. Visit our employment resources page to learn more or contact an MS Navigator to discuss your individual rights and options.

Children with MS

There is no specific advice for children with MS; they should follow the advice for all people with MS. The COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for children age 12 and older. The CDC has specific recommendations for children and COVID-19.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

At this time there is no specific advice for women with MS who are pregnant or breastfeeding. There is general information on COVID-19 and pregnancy and breastfeeding from the CDC.

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