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At what age should a healthy adult consider the pneumonia vaccine?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Not required: The current recommendation is that healthy adults do not need to get the pneumonia vaccine. It is recommended for those with chronic medical conditions like asthma/copd, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, liver disease like cirrhosis, alcoholism, sickle cell disease, splenectomy, chronic kidney disease, and hiv. It is also recommended for residents of nursing homes and smokers.
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine 34 years experience
Age 65: If otherwise healthy, the pneumococcal vaccine is recommended as a one time vaccine at age 65 or over. People at high risk for complications from pneumonia, sepsis or meningitis (other than age), generally those with chronic disease, should consider getting it earlier. To find out what other cancer tests and vaccines you need, consider the iphone app my health checklist 2012.

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Last updated Nov 21, 2014

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