Since I began using colloidal silver many years ago, I have not had a cold or the flu. Don't need no vaccine.
How is pneumococcal vaccine administered?
The pneumococcal vaccine is given as one dose for most people. The vaccine is injected as a liquid solution of 0.5 mL into the muscle (intramuscular or IM), typically deltoid muscle, or under the skin (subcutaneous or SC). The area injected is typically sterilized by rubbing alcohol onto the skin prior to the injection.
Persons vaccinated prior to age 65 should be vaccinated at age 65 if five or more years have passed since the first dose. For people with lack of spleen function (such as in sickle cell disease or after spleen removal), transplant patients, patients with chronic kidney disease, immunosuppressed or immunodeficient persons, and others at highest risk of fatal infection, a second dose should be given at least five years after first dose.
Some physicians in our area order PPSV every 5 or 6 years for their patients. Is this correct?
No. CDC recommends 1 dose of PPSV for most people in a lifetime and 2 doses for certain people (see table below). PPSV is a polysaccharide vaccine that does not boost well, and data do not indicate that more than 2 doses are beneficial.
Who needs a second dose of PPSV?
A one-time revaccination is indicated for
• All children and adults through age 64 years who are at highest risk of serious pneumococcal disease or are likely to have a rapid decline in pneumococcal antibody levels (categories 4 through 6 to the left) if 5 years (or more) have elapsed since the previous dose.
• All adults age 65 years and older who were previously vaccinated with one dose of PPSV when younger than age 65 years if 5 years (or more) have elapsed since the previous dose.
• Adults who are first vaccinated at age 65 years or older need only one dose, regardless of their medical condition.