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Kids with sickle cell disease aren’t receiving key vaccines, Michigan study finds


A significant proportion of children with sickle cell disease (SCD) are not receiving key recommended vaccines on time or at all, according to a new study examining pneumococcal and meningococcal vaccinations among children in Michigan.

The study, “Pneumococcal and Meningococcal Vaccination among Michigan Children with Sickle Cell Disease,” was published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

The researchers sought to determine the proportion of children with SCD compared to kids without the condition in Michigan who were vaccinated according to pneumococcal vaccination recommendations and, secondarily, to examine meningococcal vaccination.

The study included children born in the state of Michigan between April 1, 1995, and January 1, 2014. A total of 1,022 children with sickle cell disease were matched to 3,725 children without SCD using age, sex, race, and zip code.