Which patients may not develop an antibody response to the pneumococcal vaccine?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Nonleukopenic compromised hosts, such as those with rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, or alcoholism, may not develop an antibody response to the pneumococcal vaccine and may therefore remain susceptible to pneumococcal pneumonia. The same is true concerning the use of the Haemophilus vaccine.


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