November 17, 1978

Pneumococcal Vaccine After Splenectomy

Author Affiliations

University of Washington Seattle

JAMA. 1978;240(21):2249. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290210031018

To the Editor.—  A recent question and answer dealt with increased risk of sepsis following splenectomy in a 16-year-old patient. Since the most common organism causing such sepsis is D pneumoniae, I wonder why the use of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine was not suggested, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control.1