Why should people age 65 and older get the pneumonia vaccine?

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  • Catherine Oliver says:

    Still waiting for reply to my post of 10 days ago. Where are you Paul Taylor?

  • Peter Heichelheim says:

    I have read your comment about getting the pneumonia vaccine with interest. First there are two vaccines. Which do you
    recommend that I get. You said if one is a senior citizen but I phoned my doctor’s office and she said it was $125.00.?? I am 80 years old with a heart condition.

  • Catherine Oliver says:

    What is the NNV for this vaccine (number needed to vaccinate to prevent one case of pneumonia)?
    Side effects of the vaccine?
    These questions should be answered in any article pushing people to get a vaccine or take a drug

  • Janis says:

    My 70 yr old hubby received the vaccine in the fall and became ill with pneumonia, in the spring. Should he consider getting another Pneumonia vaccine in the future?

    • Paul Taylor says:

      Hello Janis:

      Your husband should talk to his family doctor about whether he needs a different type of vaccine.

      There are two main types of pneumonia vaccines.

      One of them contains certain components that are designed to generate a response in people with compromised immune systems and young children with still developing immune systems.

      Maybe your husband needs this type of shot. But his family doctor should be able to tell him what’s required for the best possible protection.

      Paul Taylor


Paul Taylor


Paul Taylor is a health journalist and former Patient Navigation Advisor at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he provided advice and answered questions from patients and their families. Paul will continue to write occasional columns for Healthy Debate.

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