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If influenza vaccine is recommended for healthcare workers to protect high-risk patients from getting influenza, why aren’t the pneumococcal vaccines also recommended?

Influenza virus is easily spread from healthcare workers to their patients, and infection usually leads to clinical illness. Pneumococcus is probably not spread from healthcare workers to their patients as easily as is influenza, and infection with pneumococcus does not necessarily lead to clinical illness. Host factors (such as age, underlying illness) are more important in the development of invasive pneumococcal disease than nasopharyngeal colonization with the organism.

Last reviewed: July 26, 2022

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