Reducing the Underimmunization of Transplant Recipients

JAMA Pediatrics
February 2018, Vol 172, No. 2, Pages 105-204
http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/issue.aspx

Viewpoint
Reducing the Underimmunization of Transplant Recipients
Amy G. Feldman, MD, MSCS; Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH; Allison Kempe, MD, MPH
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(2):111-112. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.3990
This Viewpoint proposes a strategy to reduce the underimmunization of pediatric transplant recipient
Vaccine-preventable infections (VPIs) are a common and serious complication after pediatric liver transplantation; in the first 2 years after transplant, 1 of 6 transplant recipients requires hospitalization for VPI, which is associated with graft injury, morbidity, and sometimes mortality.1 These hospitalizations can increase the cost of the transplant-associated hospitalization by $70 000.1