Study uncovers potentially avoidable acute care use for vaccine-preventable illnesses in lupus patients


A brand-new study released in Arthritis Care & Research shows that couple of people with the autoimmune illness lupus who were openly guaranteed through Medicaid got advised vaccines in 2000-2010. Also, those who were unvaccinated required more acute care for vaccine-preventable illnesses.

From 2000-2010, there were 1,290 patients who checked out the emergency situation department or were hospitalized for vaccine-preventable health problem, and 93% of these check outs happened in patients without billing codes for associated vaccinations. Patients who were Black had a 22% greater danger of requiring such care than those who were white.

“These episodes represent missed opportunities to deliver essential preventive care to our patients, and particularly to patients with heightened vulnerabilities,” stated lead author Candace H. Feldman, MD, ScD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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