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A 59-year-old male asked:

do either of the two pneumonia vaccines, prevnar and pneumovax, prevent you from developing pneumonia after you catch the flu or maybe get covid-19?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
No: No these vaccinations are to prevent illness caused by Strep pneumococcus bacteria.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some basics: Both the flu and COVID-19 can invade the lung tissue and cause a pneumonia by themselves. Pneumonia is a generic label for a serious lung infection. The vaccines mentioned can help prevent you from developing a secondary pneumonia that sometimes follows such illnesses but they do not prevent severe viral pneumonia.

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A 49-year-old male asked:

Will getting either of the pneumonia vaccines, Prevnar and Pneumovax, prevent you from developing pneumonia if you catch the flu or covid?

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Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: The vaccines prevent bacterial pneumonia. They have no effect on viral pneumonia.

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Last updated Apr 3, 2020

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