Pneumonia Vaccine

ETSU Internal Medicine                                            December 15th, 2016

Who should receive a Pneumonia Vaccine?

All Adult patients that are 65 or older

How Does Pneumococcal Disease Spread?

Pneumococcal bacteria spread from person to person by direct contact with respiratory secretions, like saliva or mucus. People can carry the bacteria in their nose and throat, and can spread the bacteria without feeling sick.

How well does our office do with giving Pneumonia Vaccines?

We ran a quarterly report based on all of our patients 65 and older that were seen in April, May and June of 2016.  72% of those patients had received their Pneumonia Vaccine.  If you have not already, please discuss the Pneumonia vaccine with your physician.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Each year in the United States, pneumococcal disease kills thousands of adults.  Thousands more end up in the hospital because of pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal disease can cause severe infections of the lungs, bloodstream, and lining of the brain and spinal cord. The best way to prevent pneumococcal disease is by getting vaccinated

What is Pneumococcal Disease?

Pneumococcal disease or Pneumonia is an infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, also known as pneumococcus. Pneumococcal bacteria can cause many types of illnesses that range from mild to very severe. When pneumococcal bacteria spread from the nose and throat to ears or sinuses, it generally causes mild infections. When the bacteria spread into other parts of the body, it can lead to severe health problems such pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis. These illnesses can be life threatening, especially for adults 65 years or older, people with chronic health conditions, and people whose immune systems are weakened by disease or medicine (immunocompromised). Pneumococcal disease can lead to disabilities like deafness, brain damage, or loss of arms or legs.

Why should I get vaccinated?

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