A 51-year-old female asked:
is the pneumococcal vaccine, either kind, effective for frequent strep throats? can it cause die-off reactions from the strep bacteria?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Susan Rhoads answered
38 years experience Family Medicine
Not effective.: This vaccine does not prevent strep throat. You can still get it and you need antibiotics if you do, to avoid the risk of getting rheumaticfever and/or heart disease.
Answered on Sep 25, 2017
Dr. James Ferguson answered
46 years experience Pediatrics
Wrong strains: The Pneumococcal vaccines include material that help your body develop antibodies to strains that commonly cause pneumonia, blood poisoning & a few other conditions. It does nothing that would build any antibodies to Group A strep. Efforts to develop a working vaccine fro strep throat in the past have not been successful.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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