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Pneumonia: Protect Your Respiratory Health

Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, affects millions of people worldwide each year. Pneumonia infections can often be prevented and can usually be treated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend two pneumococcal vaccines for adults age 65 and older:

You should receive a dose of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) first, followed at least one year later by a dose of the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23).

If you've already received any doses of PPSV23, the dose of PCV13 should be given at least 1 year after receipt of the most recent PPSV23 dose.

If you've already received a dose of PCV13 at a younger age, another dose is not recommended.

In addition, there are vaccines that help prevent infection by some of the bacteria and viruses that can cause pneumonia:

Talk with your doctor about your health and immunization history and whether you need to receive any of these vaccinations.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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