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Although annual influenza vaccination is recommended for adults taking immunosuppressant drugs,1–3 the vaccination rate is suboptimal in these patients.4–6 We undertook a study to assess the flu-vaccination uptake of patients treated for systemic inflammatory diseases and to explore the factors that influence it. The study was approved by the Paris Ile de France III Ethics Committee (“Comité de Protection des Personnes Ile de France III”) Paris, France.
We collected information about flu shots with a standardised form completed by the doctors of patients with systemic inflammatory diseases taking corticosteroids and/or immunosuppressant drugs, followed up in our internal medicine department during January 2006.
One hundred and thirty-seven consecutive …
Competing interests: None declared.
Presented in part at the ACR 2006, Washington DC, poster number 212, and at IDSA 2006, Toronto, poster number 809.
Ethics approval: Approved by the Paris Ile de France III Ethics Committee.
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