Apparently not 100% effective
How Preventive Is The Pneumonia Vaccine ? I Got The Pneumonia Vaccine Two Years Ago And Recently Got Diagnose With Pneumonia This Past Tuesday.. How Everyone Been Staying Well With All These Germs Going Around?
I rarely get sick, only because I refuse to get ill.
I'm so active that I think the germs can't catch up with me. I have a great immune system, I'm attributing that to cod liver oil capsules. Shhh...if that's a placebo. .. Don't tell me.. Lol.
I heard there's a lot of bronchitis going around.
None of the vaccines can be guaranteed 100%, and there are different strains of pneumonia .... But I've taken my chances with the vaccine over the past decade. So far, so good. :) I hope you recover quickly!
I believe it is a yearly shot my friend. 😓 at least that's what the doctors make my parents do. 😐 I hope you feel better soon.
FROM THE INTERNET:
There are no live ingredients. For adults who are 65 and over and are otherwise healthy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommend a one-time vaccination with the pneumonia shot and no booster shots. However, many doctors do give a second shot 5 to 10 years after the first shot.
The main difference between the two is the range of bacteria that they can help protect against. Pneumovax 23 protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria, while Prevnar 13 protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria.
People often ask why flu shots need to be given every year and the pneumonia shot only once or twice during adulthood. The reason is that the influenza virus constantly changes (mutates). These mutations cause the virus to be different each flu season. The vaccine that worked last year might not provide protection for this year's flu strain. On the other hand, the parts of the pneumonia shot that stimulate our immune system are always present in the Strep pneumoniae bacterium year after year.