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Can Pneumovax23 and Prevnar13 effectively treat bacterial pneumonia?

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Dr. Eni

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2015

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Posted on Mon, 4 Jun 2018 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: Should I receive both Pneumovax23 and Prevnar13 for bacterial pneumonia protection?

Should young healthy adults receive both?
Answered by Dr. Eni 26 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Healthy adults shouldn't

Detailed Answer:

These vaccines are recommended together for individuals >65 years of age, or those >19 that are immunocompromised (chronic renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, functional or anatomic asplenia), those with cerebrospinal fluid leaks, or those that have cochlear implants.

If you do not have any of the above-mentioned conditions, then you need to discuss with your doctor about the possibility of doing only one of the vaccines, or none.

Hope I have answered your question. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.

Manoku Eni

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
Follow up: Dr. Eni 2 hours later
Thank you for your preceding answer.

Addition question: Should healthy adults, age 50 to age 65 be advised to received either Pneumovax23 or Prevnar13 as a reasonable protection?
Answered by Dr. Eni 3 minutes later
Brief Answer:
If the person is healthy, no

Detailed Answer:
If the person has an underlying condition, for which being treated and thus feel healthy, then it is a different thing.

You may feel healthy, but your doctor may know better your history and present conditions and thus judge it safer to have this vaccine.

But if you are otherwise healthy, then no vaccine should be taken.

Manoku Eni M.D.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
Follow up: Dr. Eni 2 minutes later
Follow up question:

Should health adults, ages 50, up to ages 65, be advised to receive either Pneumovax23 OR Prevar13 as a reasonable precaution?

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