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Fever is a sign of infection. Often, fever is caused by a virus (like the flu) and not by dangerous bacteria. However, there is no way to know if bacteria are the cause of a fever unless a blood culture is done. Unfortunately, it takes anywhere from a few hours to a few days for the blood culture results to become available. Therefore, whenever you have a fever you must be treated with antibiotics as if you had a serious infection, at least until the results of the blood culture is known.
Vaccines - Vaccines may reduce the chances of a serious infection. Patients without a spleen, or with a damaged one, are recommended to receive the Pneumococcal, Meningococcal, and HIB (Haemophilus influenzae type B) vaccines. Everyone should have at least one booster of Pneumococcal vaccine, given 3 to 5 years after the first shot. Some healthcare providers recommend additional boosters. Many healthcare providers also recommend yearly influenza (flu) vaccine to reduce the risk of bacterial infections that can sometimes occur as a complication of flu.