Pneumococcal antibody levels after pneumovax in patients with rheumatoid arthritis on methotrexate.

@article{Coulson2011PneumococcalAL,
  title={Pneumococcal antibody levels after pneumovax in patients with rheumatoid arthritis on methotrexate.},
  author={Elizabeth Coulson and Vadivelu Saravanan and Jennifer Hamilton and Kin Long So and Lynn Morgan and Carol Heycock and Martin Rynne and Clive A Kelly},
  journal={Annals of the rheumatic diseases},
  year={2011},
  volume={70 7},
  pages={1289-91}
}
INTRODUCTION Immunisation against pneumococcus has been shown to reduce pneumonia in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). There is concern that methotrexate may reduce its efficacy. There are very few objective data on the effect of methotrexate on the efficacy of pneumococcal vaccination with pneumovax, and no objective evidence on whether revaccination is necessary in RA patients on methotrexate. METHODS The authors collected information from 180 RA patients on methotrexate relating to their… CONTINUE READING

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