Inflammation of the air sacs in the lungs, Pneumonia is a lung infection that is caused by caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, or parasites. Even though not many people are prone to get it, there are some people who are under the risk of getting it. Such people must take pneumococcal vaccines in the prescribed manner in order to avoid problems in the future. Mostly, people over the age of 65 have very higher risk of getting deadly pneumonia. Also, people with a weak immune system, alcoholics, smokers and people have gone through surgeries are also under risk of getting pneumonia. But older people (65 years or older) are always recommended to receive the vaccine. Pneumococcal vaccines, generally, have little or no side effects at all. In case side effects show up, they are very mild and do not disrupt any daily works of a person getting a pneumococcal vaccine.
PCV13 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) and PPSV23 (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine) are the two types of vaccines used to prevent any risk of getting pneumococcal disease. PCV13 dose is received first. It is at least a year later that PPSV23 is to be taken. In case a person already had a dose of PVC13 anytime in the past, there won’t be a need to take it again. Even though these vaccines do not have severe side effects, people who already had an allergic reaction to PCV7 or any earlier dose of vaccine must not go for PVC13. Similarly, anyone who has had an allergic reaction to PPSV23 or any of its components must also not receive it. Another care that is to be taken is that both PVC13 and PPSV23 must not be taken together. They must always be taken in the recommended manner.
Pneumococcal vaccines not only help prevent a person from getting this deadly disease pneumonia, but also because the illness is contagious. Sneezing, coughing or close contact can spread the bacteria. So, the vaccine shots need to be taken just once or twice throughout the adulthood to be safe from the streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. Also, most of the health insurance plans cover the costs of vaccines, so better safe than be sorry.