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I forgot when I took my first pneumonia shot, could I start all over again with the shots?

By February 15, 2010 - 9:05pm
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I took pneumonia shot once but forgot how many years ago. I am planning to take another shot but I was told I couldn't take the second dose up until five years. what should I do? start all over again?

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thank you for your suggestion to look into my records at the doctor's offices that i consulted. i was able to recover my records and found out that i am due for my pneumonia shot next year.

March 8, 2010 - 5:41pm


If you did it at a Doctor's office or a Public Health office they should have a record of when you first took your shot. Otherwise, like Pat said try narrowing it down as much as possible. Sometimes I remember by an event or something particular going on in my life at the time. If it has been four years and you are sure then you should be alright.

February 19, 2010 - 8:37am
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Hi Sandhya - It's recommended that the pneumococcal vaccination be repeated every five years. It would not hurt you to have the repeat vaccine at four years but there is no benefit to getting it before 5 years. Is there a way you can narrow down when you had the first vaccination? If not then you need to work with your physician who can take your medical history into consideration to determine whether to start the process all over or give you the standard second dose of the vaccination. Pat

February 16, 2010 - 8:24am
(reply to Pat Elliott)

hai pat, how are you doing? nice to hear from you. i can't really remember when exactly i took my vaccination. it must be atleast four years i am assuming. so i guess once i go to india i would take the second dose. thank you for responding to my question. hope to contact you before i leave next week.

February 18, 2010 - 11:44am
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