Interesting article excerpted below on vaccination causing flare ups in gout patients.

Vaccination may increase gout flare risk

medwireNews: The increased risk for gout flares following receipt of the aluminum-free recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV) is not unique to this vaccine but is instead associated with vaccination in general, regardless of the adjuvant used, US researchers report.

However, Hyon Choi (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston) and colleagues stress that “the absolute magnitude of increased odds of gout flares with vaccinations remains small.”

The researchers explain that although RZV is “the preferred zoster vaccine endorsed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices,” two phase III clinical trials have shown that it is associated with a 3.6-fold increased risk for gout flares, prompting the implementation of an enhanced post marketing surveillance program.

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