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There are a number of steps you can take to help prevent getting pneumonia.
Children get pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)(What is a PDF document?) as a routine vaccination. Older adults (age 65 or older), people who smoke, and people who have some long-term (chronic) conditions also need the pneumococcal vaccine. Depending on their age and other factors, older adults can get the PCV vaccine or the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV)(What is a PDF document?).
The pneumococcal vaccine may not prevent pneumonia. But it can prevent some of the serious complications of pneumonia, such as infection in the bloodstream (bacteremia) or throughout the body (septicemia), in younger adults and those older than age 55 who have a healthy immune system.6, 7
Other vaccines can prevent common diseases that sometimes lead to pneumonia, such as:
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