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Should Patients with Asthma Receive Pneumococcal Vaccine?

KEY POINT

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.

SOURCES

Talbot TR et al. Asthma as a risk factor for invasive pneumococcal disease. N Engl J Med. 2005;352:2082–90.

Prevention of pneumococcal disease: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR. 1997(Apr 4);46(RR-08):1–24.