Acute and chronic inflammatory neuropathies and COVID-19 vaccines: practical recommendations from the task force of the Italian Peripheral Nervous System Association (ASNP)

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Main idea: Patients with inflammatory neuropathies should be encouraged to adhere to the vaccination campaign for COVID-19. These recommendations guide the management of vaccinations for COVID-19 in patients with inflammatory neuropathies. More research is needed regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccination in patients with inflammatory neuropathies and other immune conditions.

Abstract: Patients with inflammatory neuropathies should be encouraged to adhere to the vaccination campaign for COVID-19. These recommendations guide the management of vaccinations for COVID-19 in patients with inflammatory neuropathies. More research is needed regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccination in patients with inflammatory neuropathies and other immune conditions. Key questions were formulated to perform a literature review on the safety and efficacy of vaccines in patients with inflammatory neuropathies. Based on the best evidence and expert opinion, a list of recommendations was formulated to inform decisions on vaccination for COVID-19 in patients with inflammatory neuropathies and increase adherence to vaccination program recommendations addressing the safety and efficacy of vaccination in patients with inflammatory neuropathies were formulated. No data are currently available on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in patients with inflammatory neuropathies or other immune-mediated conditions. There are only sparse data on the safety of previously available vaccines in patients with inflammatory neuropathies, but studies on other autoimmune disorders indicate that these are safe and most efficacious. Patients with inflammatory neuropathies might be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

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