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Vaccination is the most efficient and cost effective intervention to prevent infectious complications in transplantation medicine.

Infectious diseases after solid organ transplantation (SOT) are one of the major complications in transplantation medicine. One of the most important public health interventions to decrease the mortality associated with infections is vaccination. After SOT, the patients are more susceptible to infectious diseases, the present infections more often and with more severe manifestations of them. The response to vaccines with subsequent protection against infectious diseases depends on the function of the immune system.

In terms to when to vaccinate, before SOT the patients have end organ dysfunction and after SOT they have immunosuppression, both have the risk of altering the immune responses to vaccines. It has been documented a variety of seroprotection rates after vaccination in SOT patients, it depends on the type of vaccine, the immunosuppression and the time after transplantation, overall postransplant patients have a worse vaccine response compared to healthy individuals. We should try to vaccinate before SOT, and because it has been documented that antibodies can wane over time or even become undetectable after SOT, for some vaccines you could check serology.

Below are relevant vaccination resources and articles. I am very interested in hearing what you would like to see in an update which can help you in your practice.

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Recent SOT Relevant UPDATES/News

Merck’s Letermovir, an Investigational Antiviral Medicine for Prevention of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection in Bone Marrow Transplant Recipients, Highly Effective Through Week 24 Post-Transplant in Pivotal Phase 3 Study
May hold promise in SOT.

Travel vaccination recommendations and endemic infection risks in solid organ transplantation recipients.
Trubiano JA, Johnson D, Sohail A, Torresi J. - J Travel Med. 2016 Sep 13;23(6)
A very good review on travel vaccination in SOT

Vaccination News

Oral delivery system could make vaccinations needle-free
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Two-part Ebola vaccine shows potential for long-lasting protection
The two-part shot induced a durable immune response lasting a full year in 100 per cent of healthy volunteers vaccinated, researchers reported.
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Public health: This message must be herd

On the benefits of explaining herd immunity in vaccine advocacy
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Relevant article in Transplantation
provided by Dr Karen Keung, Editorial Fellow, Transplantation

Long-term follow-up of humoral immune status in adult lung transplant recipients
van Kessel DA, Hoffman TW, Kwakkel-van Erp JM, et al.  [published online February 14, 2017]. Transplantation. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000001685
The authors show long-term immunologic follow up data of 55 lung transplant recipients (median follow up after transplantation 6.6 years), including antibody responses to pneumococcal vaccination.  Their findings demonstrate that humoral immunity remained suppressed over the follow up period, but was most prominent in the first year after lung transplantation. Response to pneumococcal vaccination pre- and post- transplant was also significantly different.
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Vaccination Literature (patients)

For Patients Which Vaccinations Do I Need? (National Kidney Foundation)
This is a useful guide for patients that answer some of the most common questions related to vaccination. Is oriented to adults with kidney disease, kidney failure and kidney transplant.
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Vaccination Literature (professionals)

Updated International Consensus Guidelines on the Management of Cytomegalovirus in Solid-Organ Transplantation
Kotton, Camille Kumar, Deepali; Caliendo, Angela M3; Åsberg, Anders; Chou, Sunwen; Danziger-Isakov, Lara; Humar, Atul; on behalf of The Transplantation Society
International CMV Consensus Groupety developed consensus guidelines on CMV management published in 2013, briefly discusses that there are several CMV vaccines that have clinical endpoints but are currently in early stages of clinical development. Transplantation. 2013 Aug 27;96(4):333-60. doi: 10.1097/TP.0b013e31829df29d
These consensus guidelines on CMV management published in 2013, briefly discusses that there are several CMV vaccines that have clinical endpoints but are currently in early stages of clinical development.
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The Immunogenicity of Influenza Virus Vaccine in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
Emily A. Blumberg, Caroline Albano, Timothy Pruett, Ross Isaacs, Jane Fitzpatrick, James Bergin, Carolyn Crump, Frederick G. Hayden. Clin Infect Dis 1996; 22 (2): 295-302. doi: 10.1093/clinids/22.2.295
This article evaluated the seroresponse rate in 68 solid organ transplant recipients after influenza vaccination; this study showed that compared to healthy individuals, SOT patients had lower antibody titers post-vaccination (70% SOTs vs 50% healthy subjects), the magnitude of the rise of antibodies was lower (SOTs 1.5-2.3 fold vs. healthy subjects 8.7-10.4 fold) and there was no benefit after giving a second dose of influenza vaccine
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Vaccination of Solid Organ Transplant Candidates and Recipients 
Logan McCool and Steven D. Burdette 
This article discusses the different timing for immunization and also gives a brief and useful description of each vaccine recommended in SOT including the indications and side effects.

Vaccination in Solid Organ Transplantation
Danziger-Isakov, L., Kumar, D. and the AST Infectious Diseases Community of Practice (2013), Vaccination in Solid Organ Transplantation .AJT, 13: 311–317. doi:10.1111/ajt.12122 
This article is very useful because it includes pediatric recommendations of vaccination, it discusses the vaccines that health care workers and close contacts of SOT patients should have and also for transplant recipients who intent to travel they review the travel vaccine recommendations.

Guidelines for Vaccination of Solid Organ Transplant Candidates and Recipients
Danzinger-Isakov, L., Kumar, D. and the AST Infectious Diseases Community of Practice (2009), Guidelines for Vaccination of Solid Organ Transplant Candidates and Recipients. AJT, 9: S258–S262. doi:10.1111/j.1600-6143.2009.02917.x 
This important article in 2009 summarized the most recent recommendations in vaccination in SOT with useful tables for quick search.
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Immunization for Adult Solid Organ Transplant Candidates and Recipients 
This is the Province of Alberta (Canada) immunization policy in solid organ candidates and recipients; all recommendations are summarized in a precise table that includes the periodicity of vaccination and special comments of each vaccine.
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Infection in Solid-Organ Transplant Recipients
Jay A. Fishman, M.D. N Engl J Med 2007; 357:2601-2614 / December 20, 2007 / DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra064928 
This is a classical article in transplant infectious diseases from New England Journal of Medicine, and it briefly discusses general strategies to prevent infections including vaccination. 
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armelleAbout our guest editor

Armelle Pérez-Cortés Villalobos MD, MSc

She received her medical degree in 2009 at Panamerican University in Mexico City. After which she specialized in internal medicine and did a fellowship in infectious diseases at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition "Salvador Zubirán" in Mexico City (2009 – 2015). In 2012 she did an observership in transplant infectious diseases at the Toronto General Hospital. In 2015, after finishing her ID fellowship, she started a Masters in Medical Sciences which she recently concluded in January 2017. Currently she is  working on a research protocol to evaluate the immune response of solid organ transplant recipients to the Bordetella pertussis vaccine.


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