Health and Safety

Reasonable level of caution

The National Scleroderma Foundation’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board recommends reviewing the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American College of Rheumatology data and recommendations. Due to the continued rates of COVID-19 infections, as well as other illnesses, such as the flu, RSV, etc. circulating in the United States, it’s important for those living with scleroderma or a related condition to maintain a reasonable level of caution when participating in in-person meetings or events.

The Foundation encourages appropriate vaccines and treatments to protect individuals within the scleroderma community from serious complication that can result from COVID-19. Individuals should work with their medical team to ensure appropriate care. We are sharing important information from federal public health officials related to the treatment of COVID-19 that is supported by the National Scleroderma Foundation’s Medical & Scientific Advisory Board.

We encourage individuals to get or remain current on their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Disclaimer: The National Scleroderma Foundation in no way endorses any drugs, treatments, clinical trials or studies referenced in this email.  Information is provided to keep the readers informed.  Because the manifestations and severity of scleroderma vary among individuals, personalized medical management is essential.  Therefore, it is strongly recommended that all drugs and treatments be discussed with the reader’s physician for proper evaluation and treatment.