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    Solid organ transplant recipients are at risk for potentially life-threatening infections due to lifelong immunosuppression. Vaccine-preventable infections result in graft injury, morbidity, mortality, and significantly increased medical costs. Unfortunately, the majority of transplant recipients continue to be underimmunized at the time of transplant and thereafter. Given the rising rates of vaccine hesitancy and refusal in the general population, transplant recipients can no longer rely on herd immunity to protect them from vaccine-preventable infections. Novel tools are desperately needed to overcome transplant-specific immunization barriers to improve immunization rates in this high-risk population. Digital health technologies may offer a solution by addressing transplant-specific barriers: specifically, providing accurate information about vaccine safety, efficacy, and timing in the pre- and posttransplant periods; making a complete immunization record universally available and easily accessible; enabling communication between patients and multiple providers; and providing automated vaccine reminders to both patients and providers when vaccines are due using transplant-specific immunization guidelines. Digital health has transformed health care by empowering patients with their own health information and connecting patients, their providers, and public health officials. In doing so, it offers a potential platform to address and overcome the problem of underimmunization in the transplant population. © 2019 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.


    Amy G Feldman, Katherine Atkinson, Kumanan Wilson, Deepali Kumar. Underimmunization of the solid organ transplant population: An urgent problem with potential digital health solutions. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. 2020 Jan;20(1):34-39

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