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Does anyone get an injection for pneumonia? I have never heard of these and have had 2 bouts of pneumonia in my days and certainly would not want it again. Channel 7 covered our low level of awareness regarding pneumonia. I had a flu injection a couple of weeks ago and wonder why my doctor never mentioned pneumonia.
Mum & Dad get it. It gets offered to them each year as aged pensioners, but it hasn’t been offered to my husband (liver transplant recipient). Their Dr calls it “Pneumovax” – I don’t know if that’s its correct name, or just what he calls it.
You’re right with the name, jaden62, it is called Pneumovax. I had it because I have had a splenectomy which puts me at greater risk of pneumonia. Here’s a helpful page from the vic health service:
Here’s another short paper from Johns Hopkins Uni in the states:
Certainly doesn’t appear that anyone should be getting it each year, I would look into that, jaden62. I received it first as a teenager, and then got a booster 10 yrs or so later.
So much info you get depends on how up to date your doctor is with different things. It’s unrealistic to think that they know everything, so it doesn’t hurt to have ownership of your health yourself, educate yourself and be prepared to ask your dr questions and go in with any info you need clarified. There are also some terrible doctors out there that you simply can’t trust, but it isn’t any different with any occupation.
I’ve had pneumonia four times, so had one of these shots a couple of years ago. I was told I wouldn’t need another one for at least five years.