Clinical Scenario:

You are seeing one of your favorite geriatric patients for a wellness exam today. The patient is 67 years old and has a history of COPD and chronic renal failure. He received a PPSV23 prior to 65 and at age 66. When can he receive PCV13? What if he was 64 and hadn’t received either vaccine yet? What if you were seeing a 23 year old female for a pap smear–who also smokes? Which vaccine should she receive? PneumoVaccines will help you with these decisions! Let’s take a look at PneumoVaccines in action.

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One of the most common tasks during my clinic day is to ensure my patients are up to date on their vaccinations. Recently the CDC/FDA/ACIP introduced the new pneumococcal conjugate 13 valent vaccine (PCV13) for use in adults in addition to the pneumococcal polysaccharide 23 valent vaccine (PPSV23). For many of our clinic’s nursing staff, residents and faculty, the transition has caused some confusion. Despite updates to existing “shots” apps such as Shots by STFM, CDV Vaccines and ACP Immunization Advisor, the process can still be challenging to explain to patients and ensure immunizations are given at the right time and in the proper sequence.

Who else to come to the rescue other than Dr Joshua Steinberg? For years, I have used his many outstanding medical applications. He has just released two new apps, PneumoVaccines and Depo Calendar, which I reviewed yesterday. He has designed a variety of useful point of care apps including PreopEval14, PFT Eval, EFM Guide, PE & DVT Dx Tool, OB Wheels and my favorite, Pneumonia Guide. The content of the PneumoVaccines app consists of two initial questions and some additional tables. The app walks you through the process of correctly administering and sequencing PPV13 and PPSV23 to eligible patients 65 and up and 19 to 64 years old. The app includes two reference tables from the CDC guidelines on vaccine intervals and vaccine indications. Additionally, Dr Steinberg includes his references and a link to other apps he recommends (in addition to his own).

Evidence based medicine

PneumoVaccines incorporates the most current vaccines guidelines published by the ACIP and the CDC in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly including the 2015 updates. The app contains handy reference tables on vaccine intervals and indications.

What providers would benefit from this App?

Students, residents, mid-levels, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nursing Staff and any provider who administers adult immunizations.

pneumococcal vaccine app

Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.

  • Price
    • Free
    • Contains the current ACIP and CDC vaccine recs.
    • UI walks you through the correct vaccine based on indication and proper dosing interval.
    • Handy tables for vaccine indications and dosing intervals.
    • Includes link to document with other recommended apps for primary care.
  • Dislikes
    • User interface nothing fancy (but nonetheless effective).
    • Reference tables are difficult to read (no landscape view or pinch to zoom options).
    • No hyperlinks for references included in app.
    • Not available for Android.
  • Overall

    A simple but outstanding addition to Dr Steinberg’s growing collection of point of care apps. This app will guide primary care providers and nursing staff through the somewhat confusing process of administering both pneumonia vaccines to their patients. An app that truly may save a life.

  • Overall Score
  • User Interface

    Nothing fancy like you might see with QXCalculate, but gets the job done.

  • Multimedia Usage

    No links for references or PDFs of those documents, but does link to other recommended primary care apps (though we recommend you see our outstanding collections on

  • Price

    App is free!

  • Real World Applicability

    A simple app should be used in every office or hospital setting that administers these vaccines.

  • Device Used For Review

    iPhone 6S running iOS 9.1

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