A member asked:

The doctor said my pneumococcal antibodies antibodies are low. what does that mean?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

Ask him/her: All such information needs to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who knows you is in the best position to provide the information. You may need pneumococcal vaccination.

Answered 3/15/2016


Dr. Michael Zacharisen answered

Specializes in Allergy and Immunology

Measures immunity: It is common for physicians who assess persons with recurrent infections for immune deficiency to check pneumococcal antibody levels. A person with a well functioning immune system should be able to produce specific antibody levels to bacteria (especially if they have received the vaccination). If levels are low, in context of recurrent bacterial infections, further evaluation of immunity needed.

Answered 5/8/2018



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