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can you get a vaccination to prevent pneumonia?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
25 years experience Pediatrics
Pneumovax 23: is an available vaccine which can help prevent serious lung infections by 23 serotypes of pneumococcus. This vaccine does not prevent other types of bacterial or viral pneumonia.
Answered on Oct 3, 2018
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
No single shot fix: Pneumonia can be caused by dozens of viruses, bacteria, fungi, inhaled chemicals, etc. There is no single shot that can prevent all forms of pneumonia. The Pneumovax is a shot that can help a person build some immunity to many strains of a common pneumonia germ. It is often recommended to older patients whose immune system can benefit from a boost.
Answered on Nov 4, 2017
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Dr. Mark Roberts
42 years experience Family Medicine
The CDC’s ACIP recommends both the Pneumovax 23 and the Prevnar 13, a year apart, to provide maximum protection against pneumococcal pneumonia in all folks over 65 and younger patients with certain chronic diseases. Check with your primary care physician or health care provider.
Oct 28, 2017

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