Prevnar 13…What’s this new pneumonia vaccine all about ?

Prevnar13® is a vaccine approved for adults 50 years of age and older for the prevention of pneumococcal pneumonia and invasive disease caused by 13 different pneumonia strains .  This vaccine protects you against many types of bacterial pneumonia which can be a life-threatening.  How do you get bacterial pneumonia?  Actually, studies have shown that 5-70% of healthy individuals carry the bacteria that causes pneumonia every day. The bacteria live in the throats and mouths of healthy people and can spread to others via aerosolized saliva droplets and infect the lungs in a susceptible individual.  As you age, your body becomes more susceptible to catching pneumonia.  It has been estimated that bacterial pneumonia, also known as pneumococcal pneumonia, puts as many as 302,000 adults over 50 in the hospital each year.  You can protect yourself by staying up to date on vaccinations with a yearly flu shot and receiving the Prevnar13® vaccine.  Ask us at Sand Run Pharmacy to see if it is recommended for you.