Pneumococcal Vaccination Among Adults With Work-related Asthma

  • Katelynn E. Dodd
    Address correspondence to: Katelynn E. Dodd, MPH, Respiratory Health Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1095 Willowdale Road, MS HG900, Morgantown WV 26505
    Respiratory Health Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, West Virginia
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  • Jacek M. Mazurek
    Respiratory Health Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Published:September 27, 2017DOI:


      Pneumococcal vaccination is recommended for all adults with asthma and a Healthy People 2020 goal aims to achieve 60% coverage among high-risk adults, including those with asthma. Adults with work-related asthma have more severe asthma symptoms than those with non−work-related asthma and are particularly vulnerable to pneumococcal pneumonia.


      To assess pneumococcal vaccination coverage by work-related asthma status among ever-employed adults aged 18–64 years with current asthma, data from the 2012–2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Asthma Call-back Survey for ever-employed adults (18–64 years) with current asthma from 29 states were examined in 2016. Adults with work-related asthma had ever been told by a physician their asthma was work-related. Pneumococcal vaccine recipients self-reported having ever received a pneumococcal vaccine. Multivariate logistic regression was used to calculate adjusted prevalence ratios and associated 95% CIs.


      Among an estimated 12 million ever-employed adults with current asthma in 29 states, 42.0% received a pneumococcal vaccine. Adults with work-related asthma were more likely to have received a pneumococcal vaccine than adults with non−work-related asthma (53.7% versus 35.0%, respectively, prevalence ratio=1.24, 95% CI=1.06, 1.45). Among adults with work-related asthma, pneumococcal vaccine coverage was lowest among Hispanics (36.2%) and those without health insurance (38.5%).


      Pneumococcal vaccination coverage among adults with work-related asthma and non−work-related asthma is below the Healthy People 2020 target level. Healthcare providers should verify pneumococcal vaccination status in their patients with asthma and offer the vaccine to those not vaccinated.
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