Are pneumonia vaccinations recommended for patients on biologics?

Question

I am currently on enbrel and methotrexate for my psoriatic arthritis. I see that flu shots are recommended for those on biologics. My question, are pnuemonia vaccines also recommended? Two years prior to my PA diagnosis I had a bad case of bronchial pnuemonia and now have a mild case of asma.

Answer

Yes, Pneumonia vaccination is definitely recommended.  Although, the official recommendation about frequency of vaccination (need for repeat) is unclear, for patients on biologics, many rheumatologists vaccinate every 5 years.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University