Adult Splenectomy Vaccine Record

This information will help you keep track of the vaccines you will need after your spleen is removed.

A splenectomy is a surgery that removes all or part of the spleen. The spleen is an important part of your body’s immune system. Without your spleen, you’re more likely to get infections, so you will need vaccines to help prevent them.

Tell your doctor or nurse if you have already received any of the vaccines below. Bring this record with you when you follow-up with your primary care doctor so your vaccines stay up to date.
  • If you know you’re having surgery, get your vaccines at least 14 days before your surgery.
  • If you had unplanned surgery, you must wait at least 14 days after the surgery to have your vaccines.

Surgery date: ___________________

Vaccine
Why It’s Given
How It’s Given
Date Given
Revaccination
Haemophilus B Conjugate Prevents Hib disease. Hib disease is a serious illness that can cause disability or death. A shot into your muscle.   None
Meningococcal

Helps prevent meningitis. Meningitis is swelling in the brain and spinal cord that can cause death.

For broader protection against meningococcal bacteria, 2 vaccines are given (Menveo® and Bexsero®). You will get Menveo first. You can get the Bexsero vaccine later or at your primary care doctor’s office.

Menveo is given as a shot into your muscle. It is given as 2 shots, 12 weeks apart.   Every 5 years
Bexsero is given as a shot into your muscle. It is given as 2 shots, at least one month apart.   None
Pneumococcal 1st: Conjugated

Helps prevent infection by pneumococcal bacteria. Pneumococcal bacteria can cause pneumonia, meningitis, and other serious illnesses that can cause death. 

For broader protection against pneumococcal bacteria, 2 vaccines are given (Prevnar -13® and Pneumovax-23® valent).

Prevnar-13 is given as a shot into your muscle.   None
Pneumovax-23 is given as a shot into your muscle. (No sooner than 12 weeks after Prevnar-13) People under age 65 should be re-vaccinated one time 5 years after the first dose. People should be vaccinated again at or after age 65, 5 years after the previous dose.
Influenza Inactivated Virus Helps prevent the flu. A shot into your muscle.   Every year