The Sharon Health Department has pneumococcal vaccine available which protects against 23 types of pneumonia. Unlike the flu vaccine, which is administered in the fall, the pneumococcal vaccine may be given at any time during the year.
Anyone can get pneumoccocal disease, but some people are more susceptible. Who should receive the vaccine? The following lists those who should consider immunization: All adults 65 years of age or older; anyone who has a long-term health problem (cardiovascular disease, cochlear implants, lung disease, diabetes, alcoholism and chronic liver disease); anyone who has a disease or condition that lowers the bodys resistance to infection (Hodgkins disease, kidney failure, organ transplant, leukemia, HIV, sickle cell); anyone who is taking any drug or treatment that lowers the bodys resistance to infection (long-term steroids, radiation therapy, certain cancer drugs); and persons aged 19 through 64 who smoke cigarettes. A one time revaccination is recommended for persons > 65 years of age if they were vaccinated > five years previously and were age <65 at the time of primary vaccination.
Immunizations are given at the Health Department on Tuesday 3 - 5 pm and Friday 9 - 10:30 am. Appointments are necessary and there is no charge. With the arrival of flu season, the pneumococcal vaccine is just one more way to ensure a healthier you!