Vaccines

Winter 2005 CSANews Issue 57  |  Posted date : May 25, 2007.Back to list

Vaccine helps prevent pneumonia and meningitis.

We have said it before...but if you protect yourself with a flu shot, you should think about getting the pneumonia and meningitis shot, too.

The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine immunizes you against the most common type of bacterial pneumonia, as well as one type of meningitis. The shot is recommended for adults aged 65 and older, anyone over the age of two with weakened immunity or a chronic health problem, and natives of Alaska and certain Native Americans. Most people need the shot just once; a subsequent booster is recommended for high-risk groups. For more information, talk to your physician or go to www.cdc.gov/nip.