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How Often Do You Need A Pneumonia Vaccine
How ofter does the average person need a pneumonia vaccine shot? Is it usually given at childhood?
Yes: It is given in childhood but it is also given to adults over age 65 and to those adults felt to be at risk for pneumococcal disease (like smokers and asthmatics) There has been a vaccine available since the 70s but if you were not in one of the at risk groups you probably did not get it. You only need the vaccine once unless you are felt to be at very high risk, then twice. Talk to your Dr. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No side effects: No. The vaccine is what we refer to as a killed vaccine. ...Read more
No: The vaccine is designed to stimulate your immune system. Both live and killed vaccines do that. Even for a live vaccine, the bacteria has been injured in such a way that it can not cause any more than a brief mild case of the illness. It is highly unlikely that a vaccine could actually cause pneumonia. ...Read more
What to do if I have had pneumonia 3 times in the last 20 years. I am 40. how often should I get the pneumonia vaccine?
Ask your dr.: Adults 19 to 64 years old with medical conditions (for example, certain kidney diseases, cigarette smoking, asthma, chronic heart or lung disease, asplenia, and conditions that cause weakening of the immune system) should receive one or two doses of PPSV23 given five years apart. People vaccinated prior to age 65 should be vaccinated at age 65. Over 65 yr with no contraindication should get vacc. ...Read more
What should I do if I have had pneumonia 3 times in the last 20 years. I am 40. How often should I get the pneumonia vaccine?
Acupuncture: There will be others who can provide great answers on your question...My answer is to recommend seeing an acupuncturist and chinese medicine practitioner. I have repeated success with chinese medicine. It helps balance you and boost your immune system and clear old patterns of illness to prevent pneumonia rather than rely on a vaccine. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Maybe, maybe not: This can boost the waning immunity of someone this age. It is no guarantee but can help. ...Read more
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