Test Yourself: What Adult Needs What Vaccine?

Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD


August 06, 2014

The Transplant Patient

Everyone 6 months of age or older, including patients with solid-organ transplants, should receive influenza vaccination annually. In general, live virus vaccines should not be administered to patients who have had prior transplants, because they usually require ongoing immune suppression that increases the risk of live virus vaccination. Thus, live virus vaccines are not recommended after solid-organ or bone marrow/stem cell transplantation.

Persons with solid-organ transplants should receive pneumococcal conjugate and polysaccharide vaccines, but need not repeat their childhood vaccination schedule. Preventive adult vaccines have not been shown to increase the risk for transplanted organ rejection.


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