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A 41-year-old female asked:

After having streptococcus pneumoniae infection, would i need a pneumonia shot or flu shot to prevent from getting this germ in my blood again?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Both can help: A flu shot every year can reduce your chances of both flu and flu related pneumonia. Your past pneumonia may help you build antibodies to that single strain, but there are many more invasive pneumococcal strains and the vaccine can help you build resistance to those strains.No vaccine is a 100% guarantee of prevention, so remain vigilant and seek care when needed.
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Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 49 years experience
YES: However, the immunization is only indicated for patients 60 years or older.
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Last updated Dec 7, 2020

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