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Allergist Wants Pneumonia Shot Vaccine
Why would my allergist wants me to have the pneumonia shot usually given to children instead of the adult vaccine?
Immunity wanes: Over time, vaccine immunity wanes & in order to maintain adequate protection, repeat doses are necessary. The pneumonia shot (aka pneumococcal vaccine) can help protect against several types of infections caused by the strep pneumoniae. Your allergist must have tested your pneumococcal antibody titers & if they're low, repeat dose will keep you protected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Whenever i get an intermuscular injection or a vaccine/pneumonia shot in my upper arm, it hurts for days. Why is that?
Normal immune system: Pain at the site of an immunologic injection (vaccine) is usually showing that your immune system is working well and the vaccine is having its desired result. Other times it can be simply from a deep bruise. Both respond to Acetaminophen and cold compresses initially, but warm compresses may make the pain feel better after the first 24 hours. ...Read more
I had a pneumonia shot 15 years ago. I am 59 now and have some asthma/lung issues. Is it time for another vaccine ?
No / maybe: The pneumococcal vaccines (childhood or adult form) boost the immune system by helping develop antibodies to the strains of the germ contained in the vaccines.Pneumonia can be caused by many germs not effected by the vaccine, and the vaccine may not be 100% protective against pneumoccus in all individuals.Revaccination in adults who receive 1st dose < 65 is considered >5yrs but not routein after. ...Read more
I'm 75 yrs. of age. Got a pneumonia shot 3 yrs. ago. Also got the new Prevcar 13 just last year. Do I need these every year?
No: If one dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine was given at age 65 (which is the standard recommendation), then no additional doses are necessary thereafter, unless if there is an underlying immune deficiency that increases their risk of having frequent infections. There is no proven benefit of repeat doses of pneumococcal vaccine after the single dose at age 65. Talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more
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