Medical Diagnostic Associates, PA
Over 65 a risk recommendation for Pneumonia Vaccine

Pneumonia (Pneumococcal) Vaccine

Medical Diagnostic Associates (MDA) Infectious disease doctors located in Westfield, New Jersey offer travel consultations, immunizations and medications to help protect you from infectious disease. Your pneumonia vaccine is available today at MDA.

The pneumonia vaccine is currently recommended for those with high risk of infection, including adults 65 and older. Pneumococcal disease can be fatal, or, in some cases, it can result in long-term problems, like brain damage, hearing loss, and limb loss. Fatality rates are highest for pneumococcal meningitis, and up to half of all survivors have mental complications. Vaccination could prevent approximately half of these deaths.

What Is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Signs of pneumonia can include coughing, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing or shortness of breath, chills, or chest pain.

Risk Factors for Pneumonia

Some people are more likely to become ill with pneumonia. This includes adults over 64 years of age and children younger than 5 . Also, adults who have underlying medical conditions—diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or asthma—or who smoke cigarettes are at increased risk for getting pneumonia.

Encourage anyone you know with asthma or diabetes to get vaccinated against the flu and pneumonia, and those who have not previously been vaccinated.

Also, if you take medications that affect the immune system, such as chemotherapy or steroids or other diseases that affect the immune system.

Pneumonia Prevention

In the United States, there are several vaccines that prevent infection by bacteria or viruses that may cause pneumonia.

These vaccines include:

Learn more about Pneumonia and the Pneumococcal Vaccine at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Contact Us

Call one of our convenient locations to make an appointment, and get the immunizations you need to protect your health. Many adolescents and adults are under immunized, missing the opportunity to protect themselves from diseases such as Hepatitis A, meningitis, and tetanus.

Travel Medicine Doctors

Office Location

525 Central Avenue, Suite C, Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 233-0895 •   Fax: (908) 389-1933
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