Vaccination after Surgery

In general, there are no contraindications to receiving vaccinations before or after surgery.

Streptococcus pneumoniae (Pneumococcal) vaccine

Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for patient > 65 yrs of age. It is also recommended for patients 18 yrs and older with chronic heart, lung, renal, or metabolic disease, immunosuppressed patients and asplenic patients.

Revaccination with a second dose should be given if it has been > 5 year since the first dose AND the patient was < 65 years when first vaccinated, OR the patient continues to be at high risk for serious pneumococcal infection due to a chronic condition. If the patient received the 1st dose after age 65 and has no comorbidities, a second dose in not recommended.

Influenza Vaccine (available October through March)

Influenza vaccine is recommended for patients > 50 yrs of age. It is also recommended for patients 18 yrs of age and older with chronic heart, lung, renal or metabolic disease, immunosuppressed patients, and asplenic patients. Revaccination is annually. Influenza vaccine is only given during the yearly published vaccine season, usually October – March.

Daniel J Farrugia MD PhD Administrator
Director, Centegra Comprehensive Breast Program
Daniel Farrugia MD PhD is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He is Director of the Centegra Comprehensive Breast Program. His research in breast cancer has been published in top international journals, and has been cited over a thousand times in the medical literature.
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