Pneumococcal Vaccination in Bronchiectasis
Patients with Bronchiectasis (BE) are ?at risk? of pneumococcal disease. National guidelines recommend routine pneumococcal vaccination (PV) in all with respiratory disease or those >65yrs. Re-vaccination advice has varied and recall programs are not routine. Patients who are unsure of their re-vaccination schedule may miss re-vaccination risking pneumococcal disease.
Hypothesis: Patients with bronchiectasis may not be receiving revaccination according to current guidelines.
Methods: Single-centre prospective questionnaire study of vaccination, pneumonia rates and patient knowledge of pneumococcal vaccine at a UK specialist centre for adult bronchiectasis patients.
Conclusions: Self-reported and confirmed episodes of pneumonia are common in BE. Pneumococcal vaccination (PV) is frequently administered in BE patients but patients receive limited written information and are unclear about re-vaccination. Clear guidance/Automated recall may help improve this.
Eve Palmer1, Nicholas Lane1, John Davison1, Donna McEvoy2 and Anthony De Soyza1,2