• Pneumococcal
  • Recommendations for Adults

Does an adult younger than age 65 years with beta thalassemia minor meet the criteria for a recommendation for vaccination with PCV15 or PCV20?

No. Beta thalassemia minor is a hemoglobinopathy, but compared to sickle cell disease, these patients have less risk for functional asplenia, and therefore do not have a significantly increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease.

Last reviewed: April 5, 2024

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