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[IP] Re: pneumonia

I was told by our endocrinologist that the pneumonia vaccine, not the flu 
shot, was only good for 5 years.  What have others been told?   Lisa

In a message dated 12/14/02 3:29:10 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
email @ redacted writes:

   > And influenza vaccine will prevent pneumonia only in that influenza may
> weaken the immune system to allow pneumococcus to infect.  To prevent
> pneumonia, one needs the polyvalent pneumonia vaccine (Pneumovax), which
> contain agent of twenty-one strains (there are over forty known strains).
> This is generally a one time immunization although many experts feel an
> additional dose at age 65 is a good idea.
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