- Question from KySandy: I started my chemo two weeks ago. It seems of all the surgeons and doctors I've been to, no one suggested a pneumonia vaccination. I was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia just 10 days after my first treatment.
- Answers - Jennifer Griggs It is very much a possibility that even if you'd received the shot, you may still have had this complication. The pneumonia vaccine is effective in many patients against one type of bacterial infection. Receiving an immunization and then starting chemotherapy may lower the effectiveness of the immunization. It is not my standard practice, therefore, to recommend the pneumonia vaccine before starting chemotherapy.
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