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Interventions increase vaccination rates for pediatric rheumatology patients

September 2, 2015

Simple practice-level interventions increased the pneumococcal vaccination coverage rate of pediatric patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and others on immunosuppressive therapy, according to research in Pediatrics.

“Pneumococcal vaccination is an important part of the care for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus [SLE] and patients with other pediatric rheumatologic conditions on immunosuppressive medications,” Julia G. Harris, MD, of the division of rheumatology and department of pediatrics at Children’s Mercy-Kansas City, and colleagues wrote. “Simple quality interventions … led to a marked and sustained increase in pneumococcal vaccination rate in this vulnerable population.”

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