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Black Americans With Lupus Have Better Response to Flu Vaccine
Date:5/19/2011

Research Foundation and professor of medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and colleagues, in a journal news release.

"This information, along with serologic tests of patients expected to mount a weak response, would help clinicians identify those SLE patients who may need an alternate vaccination schedule or would need to be closely monitored after receiving the influenza vaccine," she added.

Infectious diseases cause 23 percent of all hospitalizations and 20 percent to 50 percent of all deaths among lupus patients.

The Lupus Foundation of America has designated May as Lupus Awareness Month.

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The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about lupus.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Arthritis & Rheumatism, news release, May 19, 2011


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