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Lung diseases

Frequency of pneumonia shots

03/02/2009

Question:

is it harmful if given at 4 year interval after age 65?

Answer:

Pneumococcal vaccination is recommended to be repeated after 5 years. It will not hurt to have the repeat vaccine at 4 years but there is no benefit to getting it before 5 years.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University