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Why Vaccinations are Crucial for People with Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy

World Immunization Week (April 24-30) is a reminder for people with Duchenne on the importance of getting vaccinated to protect themselves from preventable diseases. People with Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy have weak muscles. Serious respiratory infections like pneumonia can be dangerous for them. Vaccines work by helping our bodies produce antibodies to fight specific diseases. Staying up to date with vaccines helps protect us against infections.

Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy are genetic disorders that cause weakness in the muscles. People with Duchenne are particularly vulnerable to serious respiratory infections, such as pneumonia. This can potentially be life-threatening. By staying up to date with vaccinations, you are avoiding serious complications related to these infections.

Recommended vaccinations

The latest Care Considerations (Standards of Care, Birnkrant et al., part 2) recommend that people with DMD receive all routine immunizations according to the guidelines. These guidelines are from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other public health entities, and PPMD USA (pneumococcal vaccines and yearly influenza vaccine).

It is also recommended that people with Duchenne and Becker receive COVID Vaccines according to the up-to-date national guidelines. Your government’s website will tell you which vaccinations are required for your country.

Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to produce antibodies that can protect against specific diseases. By staying up to date with vaccinations, people with Duchenne can boost their immune response and better protect themselves against infections.

It is also important to note that individuals with Duchenne and Becker MD should receive the necessary vaccinations before starting steroid treatment as recommended in the guidelines. Steroids can change the reaction of the immune system, which should be kept in mind.

Vaccinations for caregivers

Caregivers play a big role in supporting people living with Duchenne and Becker MD, who are at an increased risk of infections. Staying up to date with vaccinations can help caregivers protect their loved ones against preventable diseases. It can also help prevent the spread of infections within the community.

In short

Staying up to date with immunizations is critical for people living with Duchenne and Becker MD. It maintains their health and reduces their risk of serious infections. Vaccinated people are protecting themselves and those around them and contribute to the overall health of their community. During World Immunization Week we want to ensure we are up to date with our vaccines.


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