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Who Should Receive the Pneumonia Vaccine?

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Summary:
Pneumonia is a common pulmonary disease and it has a high incidence in
children and elderly people. Although pneumonia can also occur in adults,
people with a good general health and a strong immune system usually
develop milder forms of the disease. Pneumonia affects around 3 million
people in the United States each year. Although there are medical
treatments for pneumonia, some forms of the disease are still considered
to be life-threatening. Statistics indicate that almost 5 percent of
hospitalized patients diagnosed with pneumonia die as a result of
complication.


Keywords:
pneumonia vaccine, pneumonia


Article Body:
Pneumonia is a common pulmonary disease and it has a high incidence in
children and elderly people. Although pneumonia can also occur in adults,
people with a good general health and a strong immune system usually
develop milder forms of the disease. Pneumonia affects around 3 million
people in the United States each year. Although there are medical
treatments for pneumonia, some forms of the disease are still considered
to be life-threatening. Statistics indicate that almost 5 percent of
hospitalized patients diagnosed with pneumonia die as a result of
complication.

Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria or mycoplasmas. When
pneumonia is caused by infection with viruses, the disease is milder and
medical treatment is not always necessary. However, if pneumonia is
caused by infection with bacteria, appropriate medical treatment is
required for overcoming the disease. Even if the disease is discovered in
time, pneumonia can be difficult to fully overcome with the means of
medical treatments available today. The most common form of treatment for
pneumonia involves the administration of antibiotics. Due to the fact
that bacteria and viruses have become resistant to common antibiotics,
medical treatments for pneumonia are no longer very effective.

Considering the fact that some forms of pneumonia are difficult to treat,
it is best to focus on preventing the occurrence of the disease.
Pneumonia vaccines have proved to be very effective in the prevention of
the disease. Pneumonia vaccines provide protection against a wide range
of bacteria and viruses that are known to cause not only pneumonia, but
also many other infectious diseases. The most common forms of pneumonia
are caused due to infection with bacteria called Streptococcus
pneumoniae. When pneumonia is caused by infection with these particular
bacteria, the disease is called pneumococcal pneumonia.
Pneumococcal pneumonia is a serious disease and affects a wide range of
people. Statistics reveal that in the United States there are more than
200 000 new cases of pneumococcal pneumonia each year and many people
eventually die from the disease. Pneumonia vaccines offer people immunity
against pneumococcal infectious agents and can prevent the occurrence of
many diseases: sinusitis, bronchitis, emphysema, etc.

Pneumonia vaccines are recommended to a wide category of persons. People
with internal disorders, people with weak immune system, people with
chronic pulmonary obstructive diseases, people who have suffered surgery
or prolonged medical treatments are strongly advised to have the
pneumonia vaccine administered to them, as they are exposed to a high
risk of developing the disease. Pneumonia vaccines are also recommended
to very young children (ages over 2) and elderly people (ages over 60).

For most people, a single dose of the pneumonia vaccine c an offer a long-
term protection against infectious agents. However, people with special
conditions and elderly people need to take the pneumonia vaccine
periodically. After receiving the initial dose of pneumonia vaccine, some
people need to take another vaccine every 3-4 years.

Pneumonia vaccines are very safe and they have mild side-effects. The
common side-effects that can occur after the pneumonia vaccine are:
temporary swelling, irritation or local pain. Pneumonia vaccines are the
best means of fighting against pulmonary infectious diseases and they are
strongly recommended to anyone.

								
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