ISSN 2147-9720 | E-ISSN 2148-4279
Review
Vaccination recommendations for adult patients with rheumatic diseases
1 Department of Internal Medicine, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey  
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, İzmir Katip Çelebi University School of Medicine, İzmir, Turkey  
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Acıbadem Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey  
4 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey  
Eur J Rheumatol 2016; 3: 29-35
DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheum.2016.16100
Key Words: Vaccination, adult, rheumatic disease
Abstract

Infectious diseases in any age group can be successfully prevented through immunization. Protection provided through immunization in childhood decreases over the years. Immunization in adulthood is important because of the growing elderly population, chronic diseases, and globalization. Recommendations on this subject are being constantly updated through scientific guidelines. Immunization in adulthood is also important in rheumatology. There is an increased risk not only of infection in rheumatic diseases but also of infections being more severe. Most infections, and their frequently observed complications, are among those diseases that can be prevented through immunization. The type of immunization, immunosuppressive/immunomodulatory therapy received by the patient, disease activity, and presence of chronic diseases affect the immunization process in patients with rheumatic diseases. This review will consider the immunization process followed in rheumatic diseases and also refer to its application. 

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