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Do I need a pneumonia vaccine?

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Although the pneumonia vaccine can’t prevent all cases, it can lower your chances of catching the disease -- and if you’ve had the shot and you do get pneumonia anyway, you will probably have a much milder case.

Older adults and some people with health problems are more likely to get pneumonia, a lung infection that makes it harder to breathe. It’s more common among people with weak immune systems.

From: Do I Need a Pneumonia Vaccine? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Pneumococcal disease.” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.” “Contraindications and precautions to commonly used vaccines in adults.”  “Influenza (Flu).” “Pneumococcal vaccination: Who needs it?”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: “Facts about pneumococcal disease for adults.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Pneumococcal disease.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 11, 2016

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Pneumococcal disease.” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.” “Contraindications and precautions to commonly used vaccines in adults.”  “Influenza (Flu).” “Pneumococcal vaccination: Who needs it?”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: “Facts about pneumococcal disease for adults.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Pneumococcal disease.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 11, 2016

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