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Patients with systemic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases are at risk of vaccine-preventable illnesses


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Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:14 PM

Patients with systemic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases are at risk of vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Vaccine coverage against tetanus, diphtheria and poliomyelitis is low in patients with SIAD despite the risk in this population of severe infection, especially when receiving immunosuppressants. A significant proportion of them had no humoral immunity against diphtheria or tetanus. Specific immunization schedules need to be optimized in these patients. Cecile Marchand-Janssen. Rheumatology (2011) 50 (6): 1099-1105. (Also see: Vaccinations)

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:36 PM

Hi Janey ,

Gareth had his yearly physical today and the doctor told me he needed his DPT shot updated. I asked if that was a good idea with his immune system and he said it was the best way to go. Gareth got his updated today!!! I know that in March, I needed a Tetanus shot, and found out that they have added Pertussin to the Tetanus shots for adults.

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Posted 24 June 2011 - 10:10 AM

Margaret,
My doctors have insisted that I keep up with my vaccinations and ensure that I do. When my husband saw a new primary that other, he mentioned my diseases and the doctor said that HE should have all of his vaccinations up to date as well in order to prevent infecting me. So the hubby too received a Pertussin Tetanus shot. In fact, the doctor said that pertusis or whooping cough is on the rise. Better to be safe than sorry!
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