Janice Dean: Is an MS vaccine next? Why it would be a game-changer for me and millions of others

As I reflect on the importance of MS Awareness Month, it has been 16 years now since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, though, looking back, I had symptoms of the disease for much longer. 

Janice Dean getting an infusion as part of her treatment for MS

Janice Dean getting an infusion as part of her treatment for MS
(Courtesy of the author)

My journey living with an unpredictable, often frustrating and sometimes debilitating disease can be quite scary, but what started out as a very dark time has been filled with hope and optimism. Some of that is attitude, but lately I’ve been reading that there is even something tangible on the horizon:

A possible vaccine

According to the MS Society, multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). It is a disorder in which  the body’s own immune system is thought to incorrectly

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