Which asthma patients should get the pneumococcal vaccine?
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Adults between the ages of 19 and 64 years who have chronic lung disease, including asthma, should get the vaccine, as should all patients 65 years and older (strength of recommendation [SOR]: C, consensus guide-lines). Evidence doesn't support routine vaccination of children with asthma or adults younger than 65 years who don't have chronic lung disease to decrease asthma-related or pneumonia-related hospitalizations (SOR: B, 1 retrospective cohort study and 1 retrospective, case- controlled cohort study).
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