Pneumonia Shot – Do you need it?

Pneumonia Shot

Pneumonia is a potential killer to anyone that contacts it.  It is harder on the elderly or youth so shots are advised.  This is not an annual shot though so make sure your doctor knows your immunization record before getting one.

Once again this is copied from the CDC webpage:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pneumo/default.htm#concerns

Which children and adults need the PPSV23 vaccine?

  • All adults 65 years of age and older.
  • Anyone 2 through 64 years of age who has a long-term health problem such as: heart disease, lung disease, sickle cell disease, diabetes, alcoholism, cirrhosis, leaks of cerebrospinal fluid or cochlear implant.
  • Anyone 2 through 64 years of age who has a disease or condition that lowers the body’s resistance to infection, such as: Hodgkin’s disease; lymphoma or leukemia; kidney failure; multiple myeloma; nephrotic syndrome; HIV infection or AIDS; damaged spleen, or no spleen; organ transplant.
  • Anyone 2 through 64 years of age who is taking a drug or treatment that lowers the body’s resistance to infection, such as: long-term steroids, certain cancer drugs, radiation therapy.
  • Any adult 19 through 64 years of age who is a smoker or has asthma.
  • Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities.

Shots are definitely a personal choice but I opted for this one for Mom.  I am not advising anyone to get one but to talk to your medical doctor for advise.

Are there any shots you wouldn’t advise for your elderly family members?

 

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