Do others without a spleen realise that we need a meningitis B jab as well as several others?t

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Apparently we are at higher risk of certain infections if we don't have a spleen. Do others know that we need 2doses of Menitorix, a meningitis ACWY conjugate vaccine, 2doses of meningitis B and a flu jab every year and pneumonia jab every 5years.

our practice nurse says this is all from advice in 'the green book' which is the guidance that they follow.

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    hi i am new to all of this.  i just wanted some reasurance really.  i have been placed on the waiting list.  to have a total left hip replacement in may 2015.  i have watched a few videos regarding this surgery on youtube.  i have watched 4 videos on hip replacement so far.  and i have seen videos of people recovering and walking straight after the surgery.  basically i just want some reasurance really.  i like to hear from some one.  that recently had this surgery.  and hear their views on this.  many thanks.  
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    Hi mariecress, i came across your post cause I was looking for more info regarding recovering from pneumonia when you have no spleen. I live in the US and was not informed about these immunizations regarding pneumonia. Do you have more info regarding this that u can share? I'm trying to recover right now. Thanks.
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    https://patient.info/health/preventing-infection-after-splenectomy-or-if-you-do-not-have-a-working-spleen

    In the UK the NHS follows guidance from the Department of Health. Vaccination advice is available in 'The Green Book'.

    Chapter 7 outlines UK recommendations for vaccinating people with certain medical conditions, this includes advice for those with no spleen.

    Hope that helps 

    Emis Moderator comment: I have replaced the link with a link to our article about this. The provided link to The Green Book didn't work but this is linked to at the bottom of the article above - click References& Disclaimer to view it.

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    Sorry the link I included did not work. I would like to point out though that the current advice on this website does not mention the meningitis B vaccine.

    Department of Health advice in the Green Book does recommend two doses of meningitis B vaccine(Bexero).

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    Thank you for all the info! Are you on daily antibiotics as well?
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    I Have had no spleen for 40 years.  I take antibiotics permanently, I have my  flu injection every year and I have a pneumacotal injection every five years.  I do also have blood tests coming up to the five years in order to asertain whether the Pnumacotal is still in my system, if it is then I don't have the injection but I have the blood test every year there after.  Never heard of taking the other medication you mention and I've been fine without it
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    I am wondering is this is the reasons why I am (& my female partner) suffering what I am.. I had an emergency speen removal back in 2010, and they gave me a cocktail of shots, and I was good for some time, but I am presently having some problems that are.... complicated.. due to other factors. I regretibly got cylmidia back in 2012, but was treated with meds and everything seemed fine,, however, either then or shortly after, I have had very pungent urin, and two of my partners since then (one current for 2 years now) have developed an unknown 'smell' down there that has been persistant and not treatable. I know this is gross and very personal, but has anyone else had this type of issue? I think my tests are coming back negative for all STDs because they are looking for the wrong thing? Perhaps I have some sort of bacteria that is survived having not taken the medications you mentioned below? I have doctors saying to me today that these shots are not needed, even when I show them this green book material. Any input?
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