Pneumonia (Pneumococcal) Vaccination
What Is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can affect people of all ages. It is often treated with medication, but can be prevented with vaccination.
Infection can come from different sources including influenza, bacteria and various other viruses. Smoking can dramatically increase the likelihood of pneumonia infection.
What Is the Pneumonia Vaccine?
The pneumonia vaccine provides protection against all forms of bacterial pneumonia. It is designed for use in seniors, to help protect against potentially deadly or life-altering infection.
The vaccine does not protect against influenza or fungal pneumonia.
Who Should Get the Pneumonia Vaccine?
Pneumonia vaccination is recommended for all adults 65 or over. Some other individuals should consider pneumonia vaccination. These include:
- Adults with chronic illness like liver or heart disease
- Immunocompromised people over 2-years-old
- Individuals with cochlear implants
- Those who smoke
If you are sick or do not feel well on the day of immunization, consult with a travel health specialist if you should delay injection.
What Are the Symptoms of Pneumonia?
Common symptoms for pneumonia are: cough, fever, nasal congestion and shortness of breath. But, many types of pneumonia can lead to further infection causing more serious problems. If you believe you have pneumonia, be sure to consult with a healthcare professional.
Where Can I Get a Pneumonia Vaccine?