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?


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Call me Z Profile
Call me Z answered

Apparently not 100% effective

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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.

Janis Haskell Profile
Janis Haskell answered

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!

Yin And Yang Profile
Yin And Yang answered

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.

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Darren Wolfgang
Darren Wolfgang commented
I don't get bronchitis / pneumonia often , i did hear and know people who are smokers get that a lot. .My Aunt and late Uncle was smokers and all the time their kids growing up would get bronchitis ..My Uncle stopped smoking in 1998, sadly he passed away 2014 due to esophagus related cancer due to smoking and his wife still living but has a chronic smokers cough.
Yin And Yang
Yin And Yang commented
That is sad. I am so sorry my friend.
Darren Wolfgang
Darren Wolfgang commented
Yeah thanks for your kindness my friend :) :)
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Tom Jackson answered


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. 

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