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Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:04 PM

Pneumonia Shots?

Has anybody else got or considering getting Pneumonia shots because of Covid-19? I haven't had many respiratory issues since I was in Middle-School (I used to get Bronchitis and Pneumonia about once a year for awhile) but since Covid-19 can cause Pneumonia, I reckoned that it might be a good idea to get a Pneumonia shot in the event that I do get it to, hopefully, avoid having it go into Pneumonia. It's covered by my insurance as a preventative, as it may likely be under the ACA in general, so I'm figuring that it couldn't hurt. Have there been any discussions about more people- outside of the elderly whom are normally recommended to get it- getting it or thinking about getting it (I'm in my early 40's for context)?

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Proud Liberal Dem Mar 2020 OP
tblue37 Mar 2020 #1
cilla4progress Mar 2020 #2
hlthe2b Mar 2020 #3
librechik Mar 2020 #9
comradebillyboy Mar 2020 #4
bluedye33139 Mar 2020 #5
BusyBeingBest Mar 2020 #6
marble falls Mar 2020 #7
Ilsa Mar 2020 #8
Native Mar 2020 #10
Greybnk48 Mar 2020 #11
TreasonousBastard Mar 2020 #12
Stuart G Mar 2020 #13
TheBlackAdder Mar 2020 #14
Act_of_Reparation Mar 2020 #15
Proud Liberal Dem Mar 2020 #16
TheBlackAdder Mar 2020 #18
meow2u3 Mar 2020 #17
lillypaddle Mar 2020 #19
Proud Liberal Dem Mar 2020 #20
lillypaddle Mar 2020 #21

Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:06 PM

1. I got mine in January. nt

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:07 PM

2. My husband got one several years back

because he tended toward inflammation and fluid in his giant lungs. He hasn't had a problem with it since. He's 65.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:08 PM

3. The vaccine won't prevent you from getting COVID-19 pneumonia, but will protect you

from pneumonia caused by the pneumococcal bacteria, which is quite serious for older adults).

Obviously, you don't want pneumonia at all, not to mention damaged lungs as a result of either cause, so being vaccinated with the pneumococcal vaccine is important to do if you are 65 yo or older or meet the other criteria for younger people.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:16 PM

9. exactly--but it is disappointing

that the viral pneumonia associated with COVID doesn't care about your pneumonia shot. For a week or two I was feeling pretty smug about finishing my pneumonia series before this crisis. Then somebody here pointed out the sad fact. Scared.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:10 PM

4. I got one a few years back. I have no idea if it will

do anything to mitigate the Covid-19 virus.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:10 PM

5. I'm in my '50s, and my doctor and I have been doing

all kinds of immunizations and vaccines. I had a pneumonia booster a few months ago, in addition to Tdap and all the others last year.

The pneumococcal vaccine is absolutely worth getting done.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:10 PM

6. I'm curious to know if it would have an effect--

acute respiratory distress due to this virus or the flu can be an immune overreaction that overwhelms the lung tissue, not necessarily a viral or bacterial-caused pneumonia in the traditional sense of fluid pooling in the lung bases with an infection settling there.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:11 PM

7. I got the pneumonia shots because of my history of pneumonia, and the fact I'm getting old ...

whether you need it or not at forty should be something you discuss with your physician.

I would imagine taking a pneumonia shot for coronavirus is like taking a measles shot for the mumps.
But then again: what would I know about it, I'm not your physician, who you should ask this sort of question.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:14 PM

8. I got my pneumovax23 couple of years ago.

Pneumococcal disease is a serious infection caused by a bacteria. Pneumococcal bacteria can infect the sinuses and inner ear. It can also infect the lungs, blood, and brain and these conditions can be fatal.

Pneumococcal polysaccharides vaccine (PPSV) is used to prevent infection caused by pneumococcal bacteria. PPSV contains 23 of the most common types of pneumococcal bacteria.


It's one of the easiest vax I ever had. The new Shingles vax made me sick with fever, aches, etc.

It's probably not a bad idea since your respiratory system is compromised.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:19 PM

10. The pneumonia you get from Covid-19 is viral, the shot only protects you from bacterial.

That said, I got mine. With my luck, I'd die from bacterial pneumonia simply because the hospitals would be full of Coronavirus patients and I can't get treated.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 12:19 PM

11. The shot is for several types of bacterial pneumonia, not viral.

But get it anyway!

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 01:08 PM

12. Get it, but not for Covid-19...

I just spent a week in the hospital with pneumonia, and it was no joke. A working shot a while back might have saved me a lot of grief.

Aside from that, if you get pneumonia before you are exposed to Covid, a flu, or whatever, you immune system could be overwhelmed and make things worse.

I suspect your doctor knows best.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 01:14 PM

13. I was in hospital for heart surgery, they asked if I wanted a shot, got one, got pneumonia anyway

...Yes, I got pneumonia even though I had a pneumonia shot. How is that possible?..Well, I was told there are 40 different kinds of pneumonia that is why. I was lucky because I recovered very quickly from the pneumonia.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 01:24 PM

14. Won't it stress your immune system a little? Perhaps it's not something desired right now.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 01:28 PM

15. DON'T. TAKE. MEDICAL. ADVICE. FROM. DU.

Ask your doctor.

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Response to Act_of_Reparation (Reply #15)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 01:30 PM

16. I've already gotten the shot

I'm just asking around to see what everybody else is doing. Not asking for or taking medical advice. Not promoting anything either.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 01:37 PM

18. There are actually two separate ones, taken apart, and adding the flu shot makes three.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 01:31 PM

17. I had my pneumonia shot 5-6 years ago

In 2014, I got the first pneumonia shot (the one that inoculates against 23 strains); in 2015, I got the one protecting against 13 strains.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Original post)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 02:32 PM

19. I've had a pneumonia shot and two boosters over the years

mainly because I have lung and heart disease, and I'm 72 now. I didn't know they would give it to anyone under 60.

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Response to lillypaddle (Reply #19)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 02:44 PM

20. Apparently they will

Didn't get many questions or comments about it. I was a little skeptical about the nurse's comments about COVID-19 (again trying to compare it to the flu)

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #20)

Wed Mar 11, 2020, 03:06 PM

21. Glad to hear that

I'll check with my son, who is 51.

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