Nearly all arthritis patients with arthritis related illnesses such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, etc. are encouraged to receive the influenza vaccine yearly. This is especially true in patients using commonly prescribed medications such as methotrexate or leflunomid as well as any biologic therapies (Remicade, Humira, Enbrel, Rituxan, etc.).

One exception is live vaccines for patients on biologic therapies. Those patients should not receive the live nasal influenza vaccine or the shingles vaccine.

Learn more about arthritis and the flu shot from the Arthritis Foundation.