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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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Some basics: Pneumonia is a broad term that is used for a variety of germs that cause either localized or more general infection within the lung. These can be triggered by a variety of bacterial or viral agents. The pneumococcus family of germs is one of the worst out of many. Both of the vaccines mention can help your body build resistance to the pneumococcus strains in the vaccines but not all germs.

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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.

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