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When should you get a pneumococcal vaccine?

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Who should get it: All adults 65 and older. If you’re younger than 64, you need it if you:

  • Have long-term conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, sickle cell disease, diabetes, alcoholism, cirrhosis, leaks of cerebrospinal fluid, or a cochlear implant
  • Have a disease that lowers your body’s defenses against infection, including lymphoma or leukemia, multiple myeloma, kidney failure, HIV, and AIDS
  • Take medication or treatment that makes you more likely to get an infection. These include steroids, some cancer drugs, and radiation therapy.
  • Smoke or have asthma
  • Live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: ''Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine,'' ''Pneumococcal Disease In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis A In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis B In-Short,'' ''HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers,'' ''Meningococcal: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?'' ''Shingles Vaccination: What You Need to Know,'' ''Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A.''

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report : ''Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010,'' ''Adult Immunization Schedules, United States, 2013.''

Immunization Action Coalition: ''Vaccinations for Adults.''

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 7, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: ''Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine,'' ''Pneumococcal Disease In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis A In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis B In-Short,'' ''HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers,'' ''Meningococcal: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?'' ''Shingles Vaccination: What You Need to Know,'' ''Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A.''

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report : ''Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010,'' ''Adult Immunization Schedules, United States, 2013.''

Immunization Action Coalition: ''Vaccinations for Adults.''

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 7, 2019

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