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Why should smokers get a pneumonia vaccine?

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If you’ve smoked for a long time, you could have damage to the small hairs that line the insides of your lungs and help filter out germs. When they’re damaged, they aren’t as good at stopping those bad germs.

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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