The aim is to To assess vaccination coverage and predictors of vaccination among a Canadian population of rheumatology patients in routine clinical care.

In this cross-sectional study, consecutive adult patients presenting to a tertiary rheumatology clinic at the McGill University Health Center between May and September 2015 were asked to fill a survey on vaccination. Patients self-identified as having rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARD), spondyloarthropathies (SpA), or other diseases (OD). Multivariate logistical regression analyses were performed to evaluate patient and physician factors associated with various vaccinations [for influenza, pneumococcus, and hepatitis B virus (HBV)]. Published Quebec general population influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates in those aged ≥ 65 years were used as comparative baseline rates.

Three hundred fifty-two patients were included in the analysis (RA: 136, SARD: 113, SpA: 47, OD: 56). Vaccination rates were reported as follows: (1) influenza: RA 48.5%, SARD 42.0%, SpA 31.9%, OD 88.9%, Quebec general population 58.5%; (2) pneumococcal: RA 42.0%, SARD 37.8%, SpA 29.7%, OD 33.3%, Quebec general population 53.2%; (3) HBV: RA 33.6%, SARD 55.6%, SpA 73.5%, OD 36.8%; and (4) herpes zoster.

Reference link-