Why risk getting Pneumonia?
Jan 31st, 2017
Pneumococcal disease kills approximately 18,000 adults aged 65 years and older in the United States every year.1 The disease also affects younger adults and many are at risk, including those affected with diabetes. Diabetic patients are at increased risk for death from pneumonia since the condition can make it harder for the immune system to fight off infections.2
While it might be routine for many to get a flu shot every year, few may be aware that there is a vaccination to help protect against pneumonia. There is a specific type of pneumonia shot recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for young adults with diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma or smokers. The pneumococcal vaccine targets a specific type of bacteria known as Streptococcus pneumoniae, which is the cause of many different types of infections including pneumonia, meningitis and severe infections of the blood.3 Getting vaccinated can help prevent pneumococcal diseases.
As we age, the immune system declines and people at risk may become more susceptible to pneumococcal infections.4 Therefore, it is crucial for older adults to receive their vaccination. According to the CDC, there were approximately 50,000 deaths caused by pneumonia in 2014, and less than 65% of those 65 years and older have ever received their pneumococcal vaccination.5
Prevention is important and key to defending against these diseases. Protect yourself and your loved ones from pneumococcal infections by getting a pneumonia shot from your nearest Albertsons pharmacy.
- “Adults: Protect Yourself with Pneumococcal Vaccines.” Adults: Protect Yourself with Pneumococcal Vaccines | Features | CDC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 Sept. 2016. Web. 12 Jan. 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/features/adult-pneumococcal/.
- “Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 and Adult Vaccination.” Vaccination of Adults with Diabetes | CDC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 Nov. 2016. Web. 12 Jan. 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/health-conditions/diabetes.html.
- “Ask the Experts: Diseases & Vaccines.” Ask the Experts: Pneumococcal Vaccines (PCV13 and PPSV23). Immunization Action Coalition, 7 Jan. 2017. Web. 12 Jan. 2017. http://www.immunize.org/askexperts/experts_pneumococcal_vaccines.asp.
- Delves, Peter J. “Effects of Aging on the Immune System.” Effects of Aging on the Immune System – Immune Disorders – Merck Manuals Consumer Version. Merck, n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2017. http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/immune-disorders/biology-of-the-immune-system/effects-of-aging-on-the-immune-system.
- “Pneumonia.” FastStats – Pneumonia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 6 Oct. 2016. Web. 12 Jan. 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/pneumonia.htm.