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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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