Pnuemonia shot

By Turtle Latest Reply 2010-01-24 22:03:54 -0600
Started 2010-01-24 00:02:08 -0600

When I was diagnosed with diabetes, my dr made sure I got this shot. I caught bad pnuemonia that year and was hospitalized. I was wondering how many of you were given the shot too. Isnt it good for several years? I know I have not had to get another one yet…about 5 yrs later.


15 replies

London 2010-01-24 20:17:28 -0600 Report

I believe that the number of years between the shot is based on your immune system! Stay well. London!

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-01-24 15:20:01 -0600 Report

I was offer this shot when I was in the hospital in April 2009. It was told to me that diabetes is a high risk illness.My Doctor told me it would be good to have. Of course I didn't get it. But, I should have .

Iroquois 2010-01-24 14:28:03 -0600 Report

Your flu vaccine you get yearly because each one does follow different strains of the flu every year. I didn't get sick from flu but pnumo made my arm hot. I had the HiNi and not problem with that one either. Kathy

Iroquois 2010-01-24 14:25:28 -0600 Report

My husband and I have traveled volunteering with the nurses giving flu vaccines and pnumo shots. If you have never had a pnumo shot and are diabetic, lung problems, heart or those kind of things you need to get one. If you have one before you are 65 you do not need one till 5 years later. My husband got ours at 61 so at 66 get our last one. If you get your pnumo after 65 you are good for rest of your life.Hope this helps, Kathy

donna13 2010-01-24 08:46:17 -0600 Report

I got pneumonia last year 9 years after I had the shot. But my dr. said that the shot does not protect you from all kinds of pneumonia and it could be I had gotten a different kind of pneumonia. I have never had any side effects from either that shot or the flu shots, other that a sore arm for a short time.

Susie624 2010-01-24 06:23:07 -0600 Report

My doctor made sure I got that one and both flu shots.Had to take all three this year.Think she just likes to give shots ,told her she gave me the pnumonia shot last year looked my record and said she didn't have on record,what she gave last year was tetnus ,so am good to go on my shots for awhile.Thepnumonia shot are good for ten years now is what my doc.told me.They used to be five years.

cc9 2010-01-24 05:45:15 -0600 Report

i had mine after i recovered from pneumonia. i have my flu shots every year and this year my doctor insisted on giving me my swine flu vaccine.

most ppl complain about being sick with flu after their flu shots but i dont experience it.

Susie624 2010-01-24 06:27:01 -0600 Report

no problem with mine either.Did feel a little under the weather for a day or two after the pne. shot but wasn't sick.

Elrond 2010-01-24 03:46:27 -0600 Report

Right. You should have a flu shot every year but the pneumonia shot is good for at least 10 years. The reason for this is the flu virus keeps mutating so the one that you were immune to last year is no longer a threat. But a new 'bug' always comes along to take it's place. There are also several types of pneumonia but the shot only protects you from some.

paulbudman 2010-01-24 03:21:16 -0600 Report

My PCP gave me one when I was diagnosed last year and said that I may need another one when in 65 or so, I'm 43 now.

London 2010-01-24 02:19:03 -0600 Report

I'm not too sure about these shots. I have heard from alot of people when they get them they get really sick. I personally have not had one nor my kids. If I'm thinking right I believe if you get the shot it is only good for a year.

London 2010-01-24 02:23:55 -0600 Report

Okay Turtle, I just done a little research and have found that a Pnuemonia shot can be good up to 10 years. I'm sorry I must have had the flu shot on my mind in my first post.

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