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Is there a pneumonia vaccine?

The CDC recommends pneumococcal vaccination for all babies and children younger than two years of age, as well as all adults 65 years or older. They also recommend that everyone between the ages of two and 64 who are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease due to underlying chronic medical conditions should also be vaccinated.

There are two pneumonia vaccines currently available on the market. The vaccine sometimes referred to as Prevnar 13 is appropriate for all ages. The vaccine otherwise known as Pneumovax 23 is generally recommended for adults age 65 or older, or those who are at increased risk of contracting pneumonia.

The CDC website, your primary care physician or pediatrician will be an excellent resource of information to decide if you should be vaccinated. The vaccines for adults are available at Lakes Urgent Care if your primary care physician does not stock it.