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Is there a pneumonia vaccine?

Is there a pneumonia vaccine?

Yes and No: There are many different types of pneumonia including many different bacteria, viruses and even fungus and chemicals, etc... There is no vaccine to cover all forms of pneumonia. However, there are vaccines for specific types of pneumonia. Kids get Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) for pneumococcal type, pedvax/acthib for haemophilus type and even flu shots which prevents influenze type pneumonia. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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Pneumonia vaccine once in a lifetime or more?

Pneumonia vaccine once in a lifetime or more?

Pneumonia Vaccine: There are three kinds of pneumonia vaccine, two kind are for children only and are given in series of shots beginning at age 2 months.Pps vaccine for older children and adults is usually given as one dose.But some people will need a booster after 5 years. ...Read more

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Should I get a pneumonia vaccine at home at 90?

Should I get a pneumonia vaccine at home at 90?

Probably: If you have not had the vaccine it is recommended for those > 65, discuss your situation with your doctor. ...Read more

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How often can you get the pneumonia vaccine at 90?

How often can you get the pneumonia vaccine at 90?

Once is good/high ri: It is good to have it after age 50 and medicare covers.High risk people will need every 5 years like copd, cardiac condition etc. ...Read more

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Pneumonia vaccine? Is there a pneumonia vaccine available?

Pneumonia vaccine? Is there a pneumonia vaccine available?

Yes, : Yes, there is a pneumonia vaccine available. It is recommended for all children under five years old, with the first dose available at six weeks. There are four doses in the series, and children with certain health conditions including cochlear implants get another dose between ages two and six. From age seven to 18, the extra dose is given five years after last dose to children with functional or anatomic asplenia (no spleen) or some immune system conditions. For adults, a single dose vaccine is recommended at 65 years old. Prior to that, a one- or two-dose series is recommended for some people based on lifestyle, health conditions, other risk factors. According to the centers for disease control and prevention (cdc.Gov), in 2007 pneumonia and influenza were the #8 most common cause of death in this country, with 52, 000 deaths attributed to these two conditions. Influenza is less likely to lead to pneumonia and death when a patient is vaccinated; this is a good. ...Read more

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What are the current recommendations for the pneumonia vaccine?

Smokers for starters: The latest group of people that have been targeted are smokers, because they catch pneumonias more often. The other large group of patients to receive Pneumovax are those 65 and over. Those younger with diseases such as diabetes, asthma, chronic liver conditions, cardiac disease, and neoplasms, or those without a spleen, need one, as well as a 2nd shot, at least 5 years later, at age 65 plus. ...Read more

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Pneumonia vaccine has to be taken once in a lifetime or more often?

Pneumonia vaccine has to be taken once in a lifetime or more often?

Varies with age: If you are referring to the adult preparation the answer is simple. The pn23 vaccine is given once to adults after the age of 65 and may be given a second time if the a first dose was given before 65. Some chronic medical conditions where the immune system is impaired may lead to additional doses on a case by case basic. Info is available at the cdc website: www.Cdc.Gov. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a strong local reaction to pneumonia vaccine?

What does it mean if you have a strong local reaction to pneumonia vaccine?

Pneumovax: The most common side effects seen with Pneumovax are injection site reactions (such as redness, pain, warmth, swelling, or a lump). These reactions occur in about 50 percent of people. Severe reactions are unusual and often due to severe inflammatory reactions to the injection (either the materials or the way injected), collections of blood (hematomas), hitting a nerve root, and so on. ...Read more

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How long after having pneumonia should I wait to get the pneumonia vaccine?

Fever free: The best recommendation is to wait until you are fever free. I have given the shot to many pneumonia patients when they are discharge from the hospital. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more


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Pneumococcal Vaccine (Definition)

Pneumococcal vaccine is an immunization which is a kind of ...Read more