Call to expand pneumo vax in asthma care

A systematic review of 400 studies by Canadian researchers — narrowed down to the eight most relevant — found the increased risk varied from 70% in people aged 2—49 years with low-risk asthma, to a near sevenfold increase in patients over 18 in another study.

The authors called for Canadian authorities to consider recommending asthma as a high-risk condition warranting routine pneumococcal vaccination, as recently recommended in the US by its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

“These results