What is Pneumonia?
Pneumococcal disease, commonly referred to as Pneumonia, is typically caused by bacteria and is the most common complication that accompanies the flu. A person can become infected by person-to-person contact through respiratory secretions.
Travelers who are at risk for contracting Pneumonia include children who are under the age of 5 and adults who are over the age of 55. Other people who may be at risk include those who suffer from compromised immune systems, cerebrospinal leaks, renal failure, HIV, diabetes and blood diseases, including sickle cell disease.
Who needs the Pneumonia vaccination? When?
Anyone over the age of 65 should get the vaccination. Also, adults between the ages of 19 and 24 who suffer from asthma or who smoke should get it. Anyone with a weakened immune system also needs this vaccination.
What are the risks of the Pneumonia vaccine?
About half of the people who get this vaccination will have mild side effects, including pain and redness where the shot is administered.
About one percent of people who get the vaccination will develop muscle aches, fever, and more severe reactions.
How can I learn more about the Pneumonia vaccine?
Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.