Asplenia and Adult Vaccination
Vaccines are especially critical for people with chronic health conditions such as asplenia.
If you do not have a spleen or your spleen does not work well, talk with your doctor about:
- Influenza vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu
- Tdap vaccine to protect against whooping cough and tetanus
- Hib vaccine to protect against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) if you were not previously vaccinated with the vaccine
- Pneumococcal vaccines (both types) to protect against pneumonia and other pneumococcal disease
- Meningococcal vaccines (both types) to protect against meningitis and other meningococcal disease
- Zoster vaccine to protect against shingles if you are 60 years and older
- HPV vaccine series to protect against human papillomavirus if you are a man up to age 21 or woman up to age 26
- MMR vaccine to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella if you were born in 1957 or after and have not gotten this vaccine or have immunity to these diseases
- Varicella vaccine to protect against chickenpox if you were born in 1980 or after and have not gotten two doses of this vaccine or have immunity to this disease
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