Pneumonia is a serious disease that is most common in younger children or senior citizens. According to the CDC, all babies and toddlers who are younger than the age of 2, as well as adults over 65, should receive a pneumonia vaccine. There are two main types of pneumonia vaccines:
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Also known as PCV13 or Prevnar 13®, this type of pneumonia vaccine is recommended for babies and children under the age of 2, adults who are age 65 and older, and those who are between the ages of 2 and 65 who have an increased risk of developing pneumonia due to certain medical conditions.
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine
The CDC recommends that you receive this vaccine if you are over the age of 65, between the ages of 2 and 65 with an increased risk of developing pneumonia, or if you are between the ages of 19 and 64 and smoke cigarettes. This vaccine is also known as PPSV23 or Pneumovax23®.
To know which type of pneumonia vaccine is right for you and your family, we welcome you to talk with our doctor, Dr. John Abroon. By receiving your pneumonia vaccine in New York, New York, you can help keep your body healthy. Please contact us with any questions.