Who Should Get a Pneumonia Shot?

Pneumonia vaccines (Pneumovax®, Prevnar 13®) can help prevent pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, and other pneumococcal diseases.
Pneumovax is approved for people who are at least two years old. However, routine use of this vaccine is recommended only for people over the age of 65. For younger people, this vaccine is recommended only for people in high-risk categories. In these cases, people who should get a pneumonia shot include:
Prevnar 13 is used as a routine childhood vaccine in children, as well as a pneumonia shot for older adults (age 50 and over).
(Click Pneumonia Vaccine Uses to learn more about who should get a pneumonia shot. This article takes an in-depth look at what age groups the vaccines are approved for, as well as who may need to get a second dose of Pneumovax.)
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