Should You Get a Pneumonia Vaccine?

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Respiratory infections can sometimes lead to pneumonia, so it’s important to get a pneumonia vaccine if you’re 65 and up or have certain health conditions.

Adults 65 and older should be immunized with two forms of pneumococcal vaccine: 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) followed by 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23). Adults younger than 65 who have certain health conditions should also get the vaccine. Those conditions include lung disease, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, a weakened immune system, those who are taking drugs that lower their body’s ability to fight infection, and smokers or people who have asthma.

The CDC recently extended dosing intervals between the pneumonia vaccines to a year for healthy adults 65 and older. If you have a preexisting chronic condition, your doctor may recommend a different interval.