The CDC has released a health advisory, reminding physician to vaccinate all patients >age 65, and all patients age 2-64 with high risk conditions, with the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. Vaccination rates in the latter group are low, and these patients may be at high risk for pneumococcal superinfection following an influenza illness (CDC site)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.