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*Just Over Half of Adults with Work-Related Asthma Report Having Received a Pneumococcal Vaccine** *
"People with work-related asthma at high risk of pneumococcal pneumonia"
Adults with asthma are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease, yet according to a new CDC study published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(17)30429-4/fulltext, just 54 percent of adults with work-related asthmaasthma triggered by an exposure at workhave been vaccinated against the infection. CDC recommends all adults 19 through 64 years old with asthma get the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.
CDCs National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) researchers found that adults with work-related asthma were more likely to have reported receiving a pneumococcal vaccine than adults with non-work-related asthma 54 percent compared with 35 percent, respectively. Among adults with work-related asthma, pneumococcal vaccine coverage was lowest among Hispanics (36 percent), those without health insurance (39 percent), and adults ages 18 to 44 years (42 percent).
People with work-related asthma are particularly vulnerable to pneumococcal pneumonia, said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. Vaccination is the best way to prevent pneumococcal disease, including pneumonia, and CDC recommends that all adults with asthma, whether work-related or not, get the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.
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