Suggested use of vaccines in diabetes

Kesavadev, J and Das, A K and Basu, D and Joshi, S R and Misra, A and Saboo, B and Thomas, N and Unnikrishnan, A G and Shankar, A and Krishnan, G and Unnikrishnan, R and Mohan, V (2012) Suggested use of vaccines in diabetes. Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 16 (6). p. 886. ISSN 2230-8210



Diabetes has emerged as a disease of major public health importance in India affecting the rich and the poor alike. Conventionally, comprehensive diabetes management is aimed at preventing micro and macro vascular complications. However, morbidity and mortality due to infections are also signifi cant. In developing countries like India, the concept of adult immunization is far from reality. Recently the H1N1 pandemic has triggered the necessity for considering immunization in all age groups for the prevention of vaccinepreventable fatal infectious diseases. Considering the economics of immunization in a developing country, providing free vaccines to all adults may not be a practical solution, although the free universal immunization program for children is in existence for several decades. There is no consensus on the use of vaccines in diabetes subjects in India. However, there are some clinics offering routine pneumococcal, infl uenza and other vaccinations. Patients with diabetes have a deranged immune system making them more prone for infections. Hospitalization and death due to pneumococcal disease and infl uenza are higher in diabetes patients. They, like other healthy individuals, have a normal humoral response to vaccination with clinically signifi cant benefi ts. The American Diabetes Association, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, United Kingdom Guidelines and a number of other scientifi c organizations have well defi ned guidelines for vaccination in diabetes. In this article we make some suggestions for clinicians in India, regarding use of vaccines in subjects with diabetes.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Diabetes, vaccination, immunizatio
Subjects:Diabetes Epidemiology
Divisions:Department of Diabetology
Department of Clinical Trials
ID Code:762
Deposited By:surendar radha
Deposited On:17 Oct 2013 10:19
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