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  • Pneumococcal
  • Recommendations for Adults

Is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, lupus) a risk-based indication for pneumococcal vaccines?

Lupus alone is not an indication for pneumococcal vaccination. However, immunosuppressive medication that may be used to treat lupus could create an indication for administering pneumococcal vaccines. Also, certain complications of lupus (such as nephrotic syndrome) make a person a candidate for pneumococcal vaccination. If pneumococcal vaccination is indicated, administer either PCV20 alone or PCV15 followed by PPSV23 one year later. If the patient is immunosuppressed and is receiving a combination of PCV15 followed by PPSV23, consider using a minimum interval of at least 8 weeks between doses if more rapid protection from serotypes unique to PPSV23 is desired.

Last reviewed: July 26, 2022

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