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The importance of vaccinations for COPD patients has been previously described. However, there is still a gap between guideline recommendations and the implementation of preventive care delivery for these patients. Specially, the rise of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has made the significance of vaccination adherence more critical to address. Our study showed that referral to pulmonary clinic is associated with increased odds of receiving influenza (OR = 1.97, [95% CI 1.07, 3.65]) and pneumococcal vaccinations (PCV13 OR = 3.55, [1.47, 8.54]; PPSV23 OR = 4.92, [1.51, 16.02]). These data suggest that partnerships between primary care physicians and pulmonologists can potentially improve the vaccination rates for patients with COPD.
Ehteshami-Afshar, S., Crothers, K., Rodwin, B., Bade, B., Brandt, C., & Akgün, K. M. (2021, December 1). Does pulmonary subspecialty referral from primary care affect the adherence to vaccination recommendations in COPD patients? Respiratory Research. BioMed Central Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12931-021-01639-6