From the 2011 Spring Senior Circle publication
Q: “I just turned 65 and my doctor recommended that I get a pneumonia shot. Do I really need one?”
A: “The pneumonia vaccine is a good idea for patients 65 and older and for others at higher risk, such as those with chronic cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, COPD or a compromised immune system,” said Geraldine Feria, MD, with Wanatah Primary Care. Consider that about 10,000 people die each year because of invasive bacterial infections.
“As we get older, or if we have other health issues, a simple pneumonia that would ordinarily be treated as an outpatient can become more severe, causing patients to end up in the Intensive Care Unit on a ventilator or with a more invasive infection,” said Feria.