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Why should people over the age of 65 get a pneumonia vaccine?

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As you age, your immune system doesn’t work as well as it once did. You’re more likely to have trouble fighting off a pneumonia infection. All adults over age 65 should get the vaccine.

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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