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Should Patients with Asthma Receive Pneumococcal Vaccine?


In a nested case-control study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, investigators found a higher incidence of asthma among patients between 2 and 49 years of age with invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) than among age-matched control patients without IPD. The results call into question current guidelines for the use of pneumococcal vaccine, which do not recommend its use in patients with asthma.


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