Who should get the pneumonia vaccination?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Everyone over sixty-five, plus people in high-risk groups, including those who have compromised immune systems, chronic coronary or lung disease, diabetes, or damage to their spleens should be vaccinated against pneumonia. If you have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or leukemia, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of getting the vaccine. Also, it is recommended that Native Americans and Alaskan Natives should get this vaccine, as they are especially vulnerable to pneumonia. 
Susie Whitworth
The pneumonia (pneumococcal) vaccine is given to prevent more than 80 types of Pneumococcus bacterium pneumonia. When the vaccine is injected, the body's immune system is stimulated to produce antibodies against these pneumococcus bacteria. This vaccine should be given to anyone older thn 2 years of age who has spleen dysfunction, organ transplant, or any type of immunosuppressive disorder; persons older than 2 years of age who have chronic lung or heart disease; anyone over the age of 65; Alaskan natives and American Indians.
A pneumonia shot is recommended for anyone aged 2 or older who, because of chronic health problems (such as diabetes) or age, has a greater chance of getting and dying with pneumonia. A pneumonia shot can also protect you from other infections caused by the same bacteria.

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