The “Pneumonia Shot” as it is commonly referred is a vaccine that helps protect against infection from the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. This is one of the most common bacterias to cause Pneumonia, Bronchitis or Sinusitis.

Do you know that the guidelines recommend this vaccine for anyone with Asthma 19 years and older?  Read below for further information about this vaccine and who should receive:

Vaccination with pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) is recommended for all people who meet any of the criteria below:

  1. Previously unvaccinated adults age 65 years and older
  2. Age 2 through 64 with any of the following conditions:
  • Chronic pulmonary disease (including athma in people age 19 years and older)
  • Cigarette smokers 19 years and older
  • Chronic cardiovascular disease
  • Immunocompromising conditions
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Alcoholism or chronic liver disease