Is it a good idea to get a pneumonia vaccine?
If you or a loved one is age 65 or older, getting vaccinated against pneumonia is a good idea — so good that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends that everyone in this age group get vaccinated against pneumonia twice..
How often should you get pneumonia shot?
The Pneumovax 23 covers twenty three different variants of the pneumococcal bacteria. In healthy adults, revaccination is not indicated (necessary). Patients with underlying chronic disease should probably be revaccinated every 5 years. An annual flu shot (influenza vaccine) is probably also indicated.
Should you get the pneumonia vaccine every year?
While you don’t need a pneumococcal vaccine every year, it is important to get a flu vaccine each flu season. Having the flu increases your risk of getting pneumococcal disease.
What medical conditions require pneumonia vaccine?
For anyone with any of the conditions listed below who has not previously received the recommended pneumococcal vaccine:Alcoholism.Chronic heart disease.Chronic liver disease.Chronic lung disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, and asthma.Diabetes mellitus.
Can you get pneumonia if you had the shot?
You cannot get pneumonia from the vaccine. The shots only contain an extract of the pneumonia bacteria, not the actual bacteria that cause the illness. But some people have mild side effects from the vaccine, including: Swelling, soreness, or redness where you got the shot.