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Pneumonia vaccines

By Anonymous April 18, 2018 - 11:43am
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If an elderly person cannot remember whether they were vaccinated with both pneumonia vaccines should they start over and get the first one followed by the second one a year later? Not sure if duplicating could cause any serious harm.

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

It's recommended that the pneumococcal vaccination be repeated every five years. It would not hurt to have the repeat vaccine at four years but there is no benefit to getting it before 5 years. Is there a way you can narrow down when he/she had the first vaccination? If not then you need to work with his/her physician who can take his/her medical history (and look up records) into consideration to determine whether to start the process all over or give him/her the standard second dose of the vaccination.

April 18, 2018 - 1:46pm
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