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Why would my allergist wants me to have the pneumonia shot usually given to children instead of the adult 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 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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Whenever i get an intermuscular injection or a vaccine/pneumonia shot in my upper arm, it hurts for days. Why is that?

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

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I had a pneumonia shot 15 years ago. I am 59 now and have some asthma/lung issues. Is it time for another vaccine ?

I had a pneumonia shot 15 years ago.  I am 59 now and have some asthma/lung issues.  Is it time for another vaccine ?

Pneumonia shot: Yes, a pneumonia shot is usually good for a three year period. In your circumstances you should definitely be revaccinated. ...Read more

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Can you get pneumonia from a child who just got the prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine?

Can you get pneumonia from a child who just got the prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine?

No: Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine does not contain any live bacteria or viruses. The vaccine can not cause pneumonia or infection in the person who was vaccinated or any contacts. Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine is very safe and effective. ...Read more

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Does a pneumococcal vaccine give complete immunity agst pneumonia and does it last life long? Thx

Does a pneumococcal vaccine give complete immunity agst pneumonia and does it last life long? Thx

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

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Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

No: The pneumococcal vaccine helps prevent "strep pneumoniae" bacterial infections, such as pneumonia caused by that one type of bacteria. The vaccine doesn't prevent viral pneumonia, and doesn't prevent non-pneumococcal bacterial pneumonias. ...Read more

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What can I expect after a pneumonia shot?

What can I expect after a pneumonia shot?

Sore arm: The pneumonia vaccine is very well tolerated in the vast majority of cases. Mild arm soreness is the most common reaction. ...Read more

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Is one of the side effects of pneumonia shot a sore arm for months?

Is one of the side effects of pneumonia shot a sore arm for months?

No: This needs to be seen and evaluated by a doctor. Something is very wrong and needs correction. ...Read more

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My husband got a pneumonia shot yesterday and has a painful hard lump about 3" x 6" at the site. It is not red. Should we call his doctor?

My husband got a pneumonia shot yesterday and has a painful hard lump about 3" x 6" at the site. It is not red. Should we call his doctor?

Hematoma/LocalReacti: It is probebely a hematoma(Blood Clot) which is a little collection of clotted blood at the site which can happen sometime.The swelling will go away within a week.You can put ice on it for relief.Or it may be a local reaction to the vaccine and that will go away by itself as well.If the swelling does not go down than see your doctor, You can call the doctor anyway for piece of mind if you want. ...Read more

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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