Pneumovax Falls Short in Lupus

MedPage Today—March 13, 2016

MedPage Today reports on a new study that pneumococcal vaccine is not sufficiently immunogenic for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Jane E. Salmon, MD, a rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery, commented on the study saying, "This article reminds us to practice preventative medicine in SLE patients. Because it is essential to optimize patients’ capacity to combat infection with encapsulated microbes – a process that is impaired by their disease and its treatment – we must immunize SLE patients."

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