A 38-year-old member asked:
can you get a vaccination to prevent pneumonia?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Tanya Russo answered
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
Dr. James Ferguson answered
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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