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Can you get vaccinated for viral pneumonia?

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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Just flu

For the most part the only virus that causes pneumonia in adulthood with a vaccine is the flu.
However some childhood illnesses can be associated with pneumonia is those with damaged immune systems like for example chicken pox, so vaccinations against the usual childhood illnesses is a good idea.

In brief: Just flu

For the most part the only virus that causes pneumonia in adulthood with a vaccine is the flu.
However some childhood illnesses can be associated with pneumonia is those with damaged immune systems like for example chicken pox, so vaccinations against the usual childhood illnesses is a good idea.
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No

There is not a vaccine to prevent viral pneumonias.
Many different viruses can cause lung infections called pneumonitis, which is usually not as severe as bacterial pneumonia. Viral pneumonitis usually clears up on its own, because a person's own immune system stops the virus infection.

In brief: No

There is not a vaccine to prevent viral pneumonias.
Many different viruses can cause lung infections called pneumonitis, which is usually not as severe as bacterial pneumonia. Viral pneumonitis usually clears up on its own, because a person's own immune system stops the virus infection.
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Dr. Paul Christakis
Synagis, not a true vaccine but passive antibody injections, is sometimes given to at risk newborns.
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