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Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccination

Purpose:

To determine if the pneumococcal vaccine is indicated for a patient in order to protect against life-threatening infection.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases
Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Pulmonology & Critical Care

Objective:

pharmacogenetics, prevention

ICD-10:

J13, B20

Description:

There are 2 vaccines that can be used to protect patients at risk for severe infection due to age, concurrent disease or an immunocompromised state. The need for immunoprotection is increasing as antibiotic resistant strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae become more prevalent.

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