Each year the influenza virus changes and different strains become dominant. Due to the changes of the virus a particular vaccine usually only works for about a year. It's good to get a flu shot annually to protect against the most prevalent flu strains that year. Vaccination against influenza with a flu vaccine is strongly recommended for high-risk groups, such as children and the elderly.
Pneumonia Pneumonia vaccination is important for preventing pneumonia in both children and adults. Vaccinations against pneumonia in the first year of life have greatly reduced pneumonia in children. Vaccinating children against Streptococcus pneumoniae has also led to a decreased incidence of these infections in adults because many adults acquire infections from children. It is recommended for all healthy individuals older than 65 and any adults with emphysema, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, cirrhosis of the liver, alcoholism, cerebrospinal fluid leaks, or those who do not have a spleen. A repeat vaccination may also be required after five or ten years.
"Patient Information about ZOSTAVAX® (pronounced “ZOS tah vax”) Generic name: Zoster Vaccine Live Zoster vaccine is given to patients to help fight against the shingles virus. It is a live vaccine and must be stored in subzero temperatures therefore, most physicians do not keep the Zoster Vaccine in their office. Our pharmacist can give the vaccine and bill your insurance when applicable. You should read the summary of information on the CDC's website about ZOSTAVAX before you are vaccinated. If you have any questions about ZOSTAVAX after reading the leaflet, you should ask your health care provider. The information does not take the place of talking about ZOSTAVAX with your doctor, nurse, or other health care provider. Only your health care provider can decide if ZOSTAVAX is right for you."
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