Ask The Nurse; Why should I get the Pneumonia Shot?

January 24, 2020

Why should I get a Pneumonia Shot?

Pneumonia is a severe illness caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. It is the most common cause of bloodstream infections, pneumonia, meningitis and middle ear infections. People who get pneumonia are at higher risk for hospitalization or death.

What are the vaccines?

1. Prevnar 13 is a pneumococcal vaccine that protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

2. Pneumovax 23 is a vaccine that protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria. Once vaccinated, most healthy adults develop protection to most or all types within 203 weeks.

The CDC recommends the following be vaccinated.

1. All adults 65 or older should receive Prevnar 13, then 1 year later the Pneumovax 23.

2. All children younger than five years old.

3. Children 2 years or older who are at high risk of pneumococcal disease.

4. Anyone 19 or older with risk factors.