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  • Pneumococcal
  • Miscellaneous Vaccine Issues

My patient has had laboratory-confirmed pneumococcal pneumonia. Does this patient still need to be vaccinated against pneumococcal disease?

Yes. There are more than 100 known serotypes of pneumococcus. Infection with one serotype does not necessarily produce immunity to other serotypes. As a result, if the person is a candidate for vaccination, they should receive it even after one or more episodes of invasive pneumococcal disease.

Last reviewed: July 26, 2022

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