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Pneumococcal - The Vaccine
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  1. I am a smoker. Do I need to get pneumococcal vaccine?
    Yes, because smoking is a significant risk factor for developing pneumonia. In January 2009, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expanded the pneumococcal vaccine recommendations to include smokers. Click here to read the ACIP guidelines.

  2. I have asthma. Do I need to get pneumococcal vaccine?
    Yes, because asthma is a significant risk factor for developing pneumonia. In January 2009, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expanded the pneumococcal vaccine recommendations to include people diagnosed with asthma. Click here to read the ACIP guidelines.

  3. How many doses of pneumococcal vaccine should I receive?
    As an adult, the number of pneumococcal vaccine doses you need depends on your age and your health. People who are older than 65 and those with chronic health conditions are often indicated to receive the pneumococcal vaccine. Most people only need one shot, which should provide long-term protection. People who received pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine before age 65, may need a one-time revaccination if 5 years have elapsed since the previous dose.

    Pneumococcal vaccine is also given to children. There are many factors related to dosing and indications for receiving pneumococcal vaccine. We recommend that you contact the IHB if you have questions or visit the CDC website for more information.