Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by bacteria, a virus or fungi. While pneumonia is common, and most people recover on their own, it can be serious. In 2012, over 50,000 people in the United States died from pneumonia. Certain groups of people or people with certain medical issues are at a higher risk for complications due to pneumonia. For those people, getting a pneumonia vaccine (pneumococcal vaccination) is especially important.

Should I Get a Pneumonia Vaccine? What to Know:

  • Pneumonia VaccineA pneumonia vaccine is typically recommended for:
    • Anyone over 65 years of age
    • People who have blood disorders such as sickle cell disease
    • People with HIV
    • People with heart disease
    • Children
  • Who should avoid the pneumonia vaccine?
    • Anyone who is allergic to the vaccine or any of its components
    • For now, the safety of the vaccine for pregnant women has not been determined
  • What are the side effects?

Side effects associated with the pneumonia vaccine are uncommon. However, the following side effects have been reported:

    • Fever
    • Rash
    • Soreness at the injection site
  • Is pneumonia contagious?
    • While pneumonia is much less contagious than a cold or flu, the bacteria that causes pneumonia can be transferred from person to person.
  • How can I prevent pneumonia without a pneumonia vaccine?
    • Take vitamins such as vitamin C that boost your immune system
    • Do not smoke
    • Wash your hands
    • Since pneumonia is often caused by the flu, getting a flu shot every year can help
    • Eat a balanced diet
    • Excercise

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