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Pneumococcal vaccine: Controversy over CDC recommendations

KEY POINT

CDC has recommended that pneumococcal-naive adults 65 years of age or older receive a dose of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13; Prevnar 13—Pfizer) followed by a dose of PPSV23 after 12 months or longer. However, experts have continued to debate this recommendation for the order of PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines, citing a lack of supportive evidence, increased costs, and the complexity of widespread adoption.  

SOURCES

Schuchat A. Pneumococcal prevention gets older and wiser. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175:1897–8.

Hochman M et al. Reconsidering guidelines on the use of pneumococcal vaccines in adults 65 years or older. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175:1895–6.