CDC recommends pneumonia shot for seniors and smokers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/23/09

CDC recommends pneumonia shot for seniors and smokers

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With all the concern about the threat of H1N1 flu, the Centers for Disease Control has changed its recommendation on another vaccine, the pneumonia shot.  The vaccine against pneumonia may not seem familiar if your under age 65, because it is recommended for senior citizens.  However, this year, the CDC is adding another group to the recommendation, saying all adults 65 and older and smokers at any age need the vaccine to prevent pneumonia.

Jennifer James-Mesloh, with the Health Department says, "What happens with H1N1 Swine Flu is that disease gets in the lungs and it replicates.  So anyone that is smoking is more at risk for any kind of respiratory complication than someone who is not a smoker."

Unlike the seasonal flu shot that is needed every year, the pneumonia shot is a one-time deal and it is good for a lifetime.

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