Are you up to date on your pneumonia vaccinations?
- About 900,000 Americans get pneumococcal pneumonia each year.
- 5-7% die from it – most of the deaths occur in people over 65.
The good news – there are vaccines
- The original pneumoniavaccine (PPSV23) released in 1983, protects against 23 different strains of the bacteria. But there were still infections and deaths from other pneumococcal bacterial strains.
- In 2010, the FDA approved another vaccine (PCV13) to cover these nasty actors.
Do I need both vaccines? Yes, you should get both if at risk.
Which vaccine should I get first? It depends…
- If this is your first pneumonia vaccine you would get the newer one (PCV 13) first; then 1 year later you would get the other vaccine (PPSV23)
- If you already had a prior vaccination with the original one (PPSV23) a dose of the newer one (PCV13) should be given ≥1 yr after the other.
Do these vaccines protect from all…
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