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Question : I had a booster shot for pneumonia in 2007. Should I have another shot?
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Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D., is professor of medicine and editor-in-chief of Harvard Health Publications at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Komaroff also is senior physician and was formerly director of the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Komaroff has served on various advisory committees to the federal government, and is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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November 11, 2013
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You mentioned a “shot for pneumonia.” I assume you are talking about the vaccine for the most common type of pneumonia caused by bacteria: pneumococcal pneumonia. That vaccine is called pneumococcal vaccine.

There are two types of pneumococcal vaccine: PPSV23 and PCV13.PPSV23 is used more frequently. So my comments refer to that vaccine.

PPSV23 pneumococcal vaccine is typically given just once or twice, and you say you had a “booster shot” in the past. I interpret that to mean that you have had at least two shots for pneumococcal pneumonia in your life.

Two shots appear to be sufficient for almost everyone. But some people are particularly vulnerable to getting pneumococcal pneumonia. Or they may be at special risk for having other medical problems (like heart attacks) if they get pneumococcal pneumonia. Some experts believe it is wise for these people to get repeat booster shots every five years. Still, there is no solid proof that this is effective.

Booster shots are not recommended for the less commonly prescribed pneumococcal vaccine, PCV13.

So, from what you say it doesn’t sound like you are going to need another pneumococcal vaccine shot unless your doctor says you are at greatly increased risk for getting pneumococcal infection.

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