Immunizations and Rare Diseases: A Resource

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) Express Newsletter reports that 981 cases of measles have been reported so far this year, with 41 new cases added just last week.  Rare disease kids and adults may be especially vulnerable to communicable disease, and some (but not all) may be immunized, for some (but not all) diseases.

Confused about what pneumonia vaccines you should get as an adult with an organ transplant, a malignancy, Diabetes mellitus, Hodgkin disease, multiple myeloma, Sickle cell disease, an implant, a congenital or acquired immune deficiency or other condition? Take a look at this summary which covers recommendations for the two pneumonia vaccines available. You can print these recommendations and others for children, teens and adults. You can also submit questions to the IAC directly.

The IAC is a great resource for you and your doctor, nurse and health department.  Print off the sheets and bring them with you to your doctor’s appointment so that you and your doctor can make the best decisions for your particular circumstances.

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