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Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations

 

Flu and pneumonia vaccinations can reduce your risk of developing asthma symptoms.

Influenza Vaccination

A seasonal flu vaccine is distributed routinely every year. Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu.

Who should be vaccinated?

  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu.
  • All women who will be pregnant during the influenza season.
  • Healthcare workers, and people who live with or care for patients who are at high risk of becoming ill with the influenza infection.
  • People who care for children younger than 6 months should be vaccinated.
  • All patients with chronic illnesses of the lungs, cardiovascular system (except hypertension), blood, liver, kidneys or metabolism. Examples include, but are not limited to asthma, COPD, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart or kidney disease, and morbid obesity.
  • All residents of nursing homes or other chronic care facilities

Who is considered to be high risk for the flu?

  • Children
  • Seniors
  • People with chronic illnesses as mentioned above

Pneumonia Vaccination

Who should be vaccinated?

  • The CDC recommends that children under 5 receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13).
  • Children greater than two years old who are at high risk of pneumococcal disease may also receive the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23).
  • The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) should also be administered to all persons 2-64 years with high risk conditions.  Examples include, but are not limited to: cigarette smokers; poorly functioning or absent spleen; immunodeficiency such as HIV; leukemia and other cancers; immunosuppressive therapy; chronic kidney disease; chronic cardiovascular disease; chronic lung illnesses; diabetes; chronic liver disease (cirrhosis); and alcoholism.

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