Personal Cooling Device Distribution Program – Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

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Personal Cooling Device Distribution Program – Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

Cooling VestsMany people with multiple sclerosis are heat sensitive. MS research has proven that heat and humidity often aggravate common MS symptoms. MS research has also proven that cooling the body can help lessen the negative effects of heat and humidity on a person with MS.

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America Cooling Program offers cooling vests and accessories for adults with multiple sclerosis as well as children diagnosed with pediatric MS. Cooling vests are commonly worn over clothing and contain insulated pockets that hold small ice packs. MSAA also offers smaller products to wear under clothing as well as accessories to help cool the neck, wrists and ankles. MSAA provides these products at no charge and items are shipped directly to the client.

The MSAA Cooling Distribution Program is made possible, in part, with support from Acorda Therapeutics, Bayer HealthCare, Biogen, EMD Serono, Genentech, and Teva Neuroscience.

Please visit the MSAA website to apply for a cooling device online or to download an application.

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