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Z Rheumatol. 2013 Sep;72(7):690-4, 696-700, 702-4. doi: 10.1007/s00393-013-1155-4.

[Vaccination in adult patients with chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases].

[Article in German]

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Centrum für Chronische Immmundefizienz, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg und Universität Freiburg, Breisacher Str. 117 - 2. OG, 79106, Freiburg, Deutschland.


Patients with chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases often have an intrinsic and therapy associated increased susceptibility to infections which substantially contributes to morbidity and mortality of the patients. A large proportion of these infections are preventable by vaccination. For this reason in 2005 the standing vaccination committee (STIKO) recommended for patients with immunosuppression vaccination against pneumococcus, influenza, Haemophilus influenza b and meningococcus in addition to standard vaccinations, independent of age. Every patient should therefore be informed about a possible increase in susceptibility to infections and the recommended prevention by vaccination before implementation of immunosuppressive therapy.

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