Vaccinations in Patients with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

January 4, 2023

Last Updated Month/Year

August 9, 2023

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Country of Publication


Document Objectives

To provide evidence-based recommendations on the use of vaccinations in children and adults with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs)

Inclusion Criteria

Male, Female, Adult, Older adult

Health Care Settings


Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Counseling, Management, Prevention

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D009140 - Musculoskeletal Diseases, D012216 - Rheumatic Diseases


rheumatic diseases, Musculoskeletal Diseases, rheumatic disease, vaccines, vaccinations

Source Citation

Bass AR, Chakravarty E, Akl EA, Bingham CO, Calabrese L, Cappelli LC, Johnson SR, Imundo LF, Winthrop KL, Arasaratnam RJ, Baden LR, Berard R, Bridges SL Jr, Cheah JTL, Curtis JR, Ferguson PJ, Hakkarinen I, Onel KB, Schultz G, Sivaraman V, Smith BJ, Sparks JA, Vogel TP, Williams EA, Calabrese C, Cunha JS, Fontanarosa J, Gillispie-Taylor MC, Gkrouzman E, Iyer P, Lakin KS, Legge A, Lo MS, Lockwood MM, Sadun RE, Singh N, Sullivan N, Tam H, Turgunbaev M, Turner AS, Reston J. 2022 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for Vaccinations in Patients With Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2023 Jan 4. doi: 10.1002/acr.25045. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36597813.

Bass AR, Chakravarty E, Akl EA, et al. 2022 American College of Rheumatology guideline for vaccinations in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Arthritis & Rheumatology. 2023. doi:10.1002/art.42386 

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Project Plan, Evidence Tables