Korean J Sports Med.  2019 Mar;37(1):1-10. 10.5763/kjsm.2019.37.1.1.

Vaccination for Athletes: Evidence and Recommendations

  • 1Department of Family Medicine, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Bucheon, Korea.
  • 3KT Lee's Orthopedic Hospital, Seoul, Korea. lkt2408@daum.net
  • 4Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. lkt2408@daum.net


As interest in sports rapidly grows in Korea, fostering of elite athletes and preservation of the athletic ability no longer became the task of advanced countries only. In that aspect, health of athletes and their associated coaches, athlete trainers, team members such as team doctors, and even their families is certainly a matter of concern. Especially when it comes to the inoculation of infectious disease prevention, it needs to be considered as one of the most economical and effective ways to promote health in sports people as well as elite athletes. The purpose of this article is to go over the specific circumstances of the athletes and related literatures on vaccination. In addition, we provide recommendations on the vaccination of athletes regarding the actual situation of sports in Korea.


Athletes; Sports; Vaccination
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