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


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  1. Janis

    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

      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

  2. Catherine Oliver

    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

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