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What does it mean if you don't have pneumococcal antibodies?

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Dr. Douglas Lotz
19 years experience
Depends on situation: A lack of specific antibody implies that your immune system has not naturally encountered pneumococcus bacteria or that it has not responded well to previous exposure or pneumococcal vaccines (prevnar or pneumovax). This may be a sign of immune deficiency and should be discussed with a board certified allergist/immunologist.
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