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11660 Alpharetta Highway
Suite 430
Roswell, GA 30076
Phone: 770-255-1069
Fax: 770-255-1075
1405 Haw Creek Cir E
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: 678-341-8035
Fax: 678-341-8041
Johns Creek
3890 Johns Creek Parkway
Suite 180
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: 678-551-6970
Fax: 678-551-6977
15 Reinhardt College Parkway
Suite 102
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: 404-537-5000
Fax: 404-795-5805

Pneumovax Vaccination

This vaccine protects against the majority of serotypes of the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. This bacteria is a common cause of pneumonia (hence the term “pneumonia” vaccine) but also causes other invasive disease such as bacteremia and meningitis. The vaccine is not as effective as we would like - vaccinated people can still get infections with this bacteria. Nonetheless, numerous studies show that infection rates are less in vaccinated patients and illnesses that do occur are less severe.

In healthy adults, vaccination is advised for those 65 years of age or older. A revaccination (i.e. second dose) is not routinely recommended. If a vaccine was given prior to age 65 in this group, it can be repeated after age 65 and 5 years after the first vaccine. Note that revaccination every 5 years is NOT routinely recommended.

Vaccination for adults less than 65 is recommended for individuals with the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic disorders of the lungs, heart, liver or kidney
  • Functional or anatomic asplenia (eg. sickle cell disease or splenectomy)
  • Immunosuppressive conditions such as lymphoma, HIV infection and many others
  • Residents of long-term care facilities

Revaccination in 5 years after the first dose is suggested for the higher risk patients in these groups.

Local reactions at the injection site can occur that include swelling, warmth and redness. Rarely, a reaction resembling cellulitis can occur shortly after vaccination. The vaccine is a sterile polysaccharide that is non-infectious.

We document in the patient chart when the vaccine is given and encourage all patients to make a notation in their own personal medical records. People with uncertain or unknown vaccination status should be vaccinated.

The pneumococcal bacteria is steadily becoming resistant to available antibiotics. For decades, doctors and patients have seen the severe disease it can cause. We believe that good preventative medicine should include this vaccine. Ask about it at your next office visit.

Several other vaccines are available including Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, for travel protection. Other vaccines are available as needed. A new section of Shingles vaccine is being prepared.

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Four North Metro-Atlanta Offices

  • Cumming1405 Haw Creek Cir E
    Cumming, GA 30041
  • 678-341-8035
  • Johns Creek3890 Johns Creek Parkway
    Suite 180
    Suwanee, GA 30024
  • 678-551-6970
  • Canton15 Reinhardt College Pkwy
    Suite 102
    Canton, GA 30114
  • 404-537-5000
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The Accreditation Commission for Health Care certifies that Infectious Disease Services of Georgia, P.C., in Roswell, Georgia, has continued to demonstrate a commitment to providing quality care and services to consumers through compliance with ACHC's nationally recognized Standards for Accreditation and is therefore re-granted Accreditation.