With the recent increase in cases of the new Covid variant, the ongoing uncertainty about vaccine efficacy and safety for people with aplastic anaemia, this is yet another challenging cold and flu season for our community. 

Why are many AA patients advised against having the flu vaccine, but told they should receive the Covid-19 vaccine? Should you book another Covid-19 jab? Should your children be vaccinated to protect a vulnerable parent? 

We are very grateful to Dr Kulasekararaj for taking the time to answer these very important questions.

Meet Dr Austin Kulasekararaj

Dr Austin Kulasekararaj is a consultant haematologist at King’s College Hospital, London. He has trained and worked at King's since 2004, undertaking research in molecular pathogenesis of MDS and aplastic anaemia.

Dr Austin specialises in bone marrow failures, myeloid malignancies and allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. He also leads the King's PNH Centre, which is one of two NHS England-commissioned highly specialised services for PNH.

Dr Austin also sits on the Aplastic Anaemia Trust Research and Clinical Advisory Panel.

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