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covid-19 mostly kills via pneumonia. being old, i got a pneumonia vaccine this year. will it help if i get covid-19?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe/not: Anyone who gets flu or covid-19 can develop a dangerous pneumonia during the illness. Having the immunity provided by the vaccine against strains of a common cause of pneumonia is helpful for anyone. However, there are other causes of pneumonia & covid-19 also triggers lung failure from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) which is a different issue. If it fails you die.
Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Maybe not: Agree that pneumonia vaccine protects against the most common types of pneumonia, which can occur in people with COVID 19. But it appears that COVID 19 virus itself causes a bilateral viral pneumonia which can be very serious & even fatal in people with underlying lung conditions & other medical problems

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