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What is pneumococcal vaccine? does it treat streptococcus pneumoniae?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
At least 2 available: The pneumoccal vaccines contain material designed to help an individual develop protective antibodies against a variety of pneumoccal strains. There are at least 2 vaccines in common use in the US. Once given, it takes weeks for the immune system to respond with new antibodies. It is not used to treat any active disease, it is used to prevent them.
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