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Do I need a second dose of pneumococcal vaccine PPSV?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

If you fall into certain higher-risk categories, you may need a second dose of the PPSV (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine). These include:

If you have damage to your spleen or have had it removed, your immune system may be weaker than normal.

  • If you have damage to your spleen or have had it removed, your immune system may be weaker than normal.
  • If your immune system is weakened for other reasons (medications, HIV, cancer), a second dose also may be helpful.
  • If you are over 65, got your first dose before age 65, and got that first dose more than five years ago, you may need a second dose.

 

If you don’t fall into any of these categories and have had one dose of the PPSV vaccine, that should be enough to protect you.

People who need a second dose of pneumococcal vaccine PPSV are ones who are the most at risk of serious complications of the disease. They include people with the following conditions:

  • cancer, leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma
  • sickle cell anemia
  • HIV/AIDS
  • have had an organ or bone marrow transplant
  • undergoing chemotherapy or using steroids

If you fall into one of the high risk groups, talk to your doctor about your risk factors and how to protect yourself against pneumococcal disease.

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