Table 4.

Physician Knowledge of Adult Pneumococcal Vaccine Recommendation, United States, 2016 (n = 602)

Knowledge ConceptCorrect (%)Incorrect (%)Would Need to Look This up (%)
Which pneumococcal vaccine should be given first to adults aged ≥65?83143
Qualifying conditions for PCV13 for patients aged <65 (HIV)751114
Interval between PCV13 and PPSV23 in immunocompetent adults aged ≥6565296
Interval between 2 PPSV23 doses when received at age <65 and patient is now aged ≥65642511
Which pneumococcal vaccine should be given first to a patient aged <65 with a qualifying condition (nephrotic syndrome)543016
Qualifying condition for PPSV23 in a patient aged <65 (asthma)474211
Interval between 2 PPSV23 doses in a patient aged <65 and who has a qualifying condition (splenectomy)464015
Interval between PCV13 and PPSV23 in patients aged <65 who have a qualifying condition (cochlear implant)225820
  • Some percentages do not add up to 100% because of rounding.

  • PCV13, 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine; PPSV23, 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.