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Posted on Tue, 4 Jul 2017 in General Health
Question: I can't remember if I got a vaccine shot for pneumonia, going back a couple years. I have no medical record to check. i am 75. Would there be any problem getting another shot now in the event that I actually did have one before.
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Answered by Dr. Saumya Mittal 36 minutes later
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I am Dr Mittal.
I have read your message.
Pneumococcal vaccine usually gives a good protection.
Some experts eg those at Harvard suggest taking the vaccine twice. However , if you have forgotten whether you have taken the vaccine, I suggest the following

1. take the vaccine again , after 1 year of suspected dose. Take PCV 13. Wait 1 year and then take PCV 23.

2. repeat titer of pneumococcal vaccine after 1 year. If this is good, you need not think again.

Please do consult your local physician for the norms of vaccine of local government.

Best of luck.
Dr Mittal
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