A 60-year-old female asked:
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my husband, who is 76, will be having surgery on his shoulder to repair a torn muscle in 12 days time. can he have the flu and pneumonia vaccination now before the surgery.

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Dr. Barrett Mclaughlin
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
Check with Surgeon: The best course of action is to ask his surgeon. Vaccinations are safe to receive, even before surgery, as long as the person getting them isn't currently sick. Vaccines don't work immediately though; the body takes time to mount an appropriate immune response. I would recommend that if he gets the vaccines, it would be best to have them administered in the arm which isn't currently injured.
Answered on Mar 8, 2020
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