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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.

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

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

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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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.

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I want to know whether pneumonia vaccine is compulsory for 65 year old?

Pnumonia vaccine: It is rocommended that all people over the age of 65 receive pnumonia vaccine. But by compulsory you mean some one will give you against your will. Than it is not. It is voluntary and to prevent several kinds of pneumonia it should be given.

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Can the pneumonia vaccine keep a 93 year old man from getting pneumonia?

Can the pneumonia vaccine keep a 93 year old man from getting pneumonia?

Maybe, maybe not: This can boost the waning immunity of someone this age. It is no guarantee but can help.

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Could the pneumonia vaccine keep a 93 year odl man from getting pneumonia?

Could the pneumonia vaccine keep a 93 year odl man from getting pneumonia?

Some types pna: Certain types of pneumonia particularly pneumococcal and if your physician is in agreement that it would be helpful why not.

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Advice? Would the pneumonia vaccine keep a 93 year old man from getting pneumonia?

Some types pna: Certain types of pneumonia particularly pneumococcal and if your physician is in agreement that it would be helpful why not.

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My husband had gbs a year ago and just got the pneumonia vaccine. Should there be any worries?

My husband had gbs a year ago and just got the pneumonia vaccine. Should there be any worries?

I am presuming....: That by "gbs" you mean gastric bypass surgery. There should be no problem receiving pneumonia vaccine. Having gastric bypass surgery would not require your husband to receive pneumonia vaccine; perhaps he has turned age 65 and is now eligible for routine immunization--PCV13 followed by PPSV23. Other indications include chronic heart/lung/kidney disease, immunocompromised conditions, etc.

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Hi I have to get the pneumonia vaccine before I do I am wondering what are the side effects of the shot I'm 19.?

Hi I have to get the pneumonia vaccine before I do I am wondering what are the side effects of the shot I'm 19.?

Minimal: The pneumonia vaccine has no more side effects than any other vaccine and is a good way to protect yourself from invasive disease in the lungs should you be infected with pneumococcus. It is especially important to have it when you have any chronic disease of the airways such as asthma. There is mild pain at the site of the injection and may be some soreness and redness after the shot.

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Previously healthy 35 yr old female. Had pneumonia for first time ever in March. Should I get pneumonia vaccine to prevent possibly getting it again?

Previously healthy 35 yr old female. Had pneumonia for first time ever in March. Should I get pneumonia vaccine to prevent possibly getting it again?

Pneumonia: Did you have any tests to find out the cause of your pneumonia? there are 2 types of pneumoccal vaccine, prevenar13 which is used for age under 4 years or for older people above 60 yeas old, the other 23 vallent vaccine is used for immune compermized patients, ask your Dr if he would do off label use of the vaccine. Most common causes of pneumonia is viral or mycoplasma pneumon. Good luck.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What are the current recommendations for the pneumonia vaccine?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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