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A 42-year-old female asked:

I've read conflicting info on effectiveness of pneumovax vaccine. one doc said i should, another said it won't make a difference. need advice?

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Depends on your condition: Some patients need to be vaccinated as Asplenia patients (lost their spleens), chronic kidney disease, sometimes asthmatics or heart failure patients, and others. If you're otherwise healthy, no harm if you don't get it, as you already have a competent immune system and can fight infection without being compromised by other factors, wish you wellness
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