Immunization Schedule, Adults (cont.)
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Many bacteria can cause respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia. Pneumococcal organisms (Streptococcus pneumoniae) are the most common bacteria causing pneumonia. Pneumonia is especially dangerous for people with other serious medical conditions. Each year, about 1 million people are hospitalized for pneumonia.
The pneumonia vaccine Pneumovax, or PPSV23, immunizes against the 23 most common strains of the Pneumococcus bacteria. It does not contain any live bacteria. The pneumonia vaccine Prevnar 13, or PCV13, immunizes against 13 common Streptococcus pneumoniae strains. The healthier the immune system of the vaccine recipient, the better their immunity after the vaccine. Healthy young people have an excellent response compared to those who are older or those with a weakened immune system (such as people with diabetes, alcoholism, or cancer).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/20/2016
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