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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Pneumovax
Answer: The pneumovax is to decrease the liklihood of pneumonia. This is a big issue for you since with the lack of a spleen, dissemination of bacteria from the primary pneumonia through the blood stream will not be blocked/limited as it would be with patients with an intact spleen. The spleen acts as the "blood filter" to limit/remove bacteria in the blood stream among other things. Encapsulated organisms are particularly at risk and this is exactly what the pneumovax targets. You should repeat this at least every 8 years, some would say 5 and get a vaccination against Hemophilis Influenza also(this is a bacteria not "the flu").
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