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What pneumococcal vaccine is recomended for pulmonary hypertension, pcv13 or ppsv23? and with an autoimmune disease?

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Both: PCV 13 or Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) is more effective as the newer generation of vaccines which used a different molecule for better antibody response. The old polysaccharide vaccine PPSV 23 covers more strains of the pneumococcus bacteria and is still recommended for a back up.
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Both are recommended: There is overlap between the vaccines, but some individuals get a better response from the PCV13 vaccine. See the article published in Morbidity and Mortality:http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6337a4.htm

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