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How Much Do You Know About the Pneumonia Vaccine?

Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that is more common in older adults, infants, young children, and some people with chronic health problems. Two vaccines offer protection against pneumococcal pneumonia. Find out more about pneumonia and the vaccines by taking this quiz, based on information from the CDC.

1. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses or bacteria.
2. You should get pneumonia vaccines every year, just as you do for the flu.
3. If you've already had pneumonia, you don't need to get a vaccine.
4. Only people older than 65 should get these vaccines.
5. The pneumonia shots can't cause pneumonia.
6. People 65 and older are 2 to 3 times more likely to get pneumococcal pneumonia.
7. Pneumococcal pneumonia is more common in the winter.
Publication Source: Created for Wellness Library/November 2001
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Source: CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-ppv.pdf <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Source: Adult immunization schedules, CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/adult.html <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Holloway, Beth, RN, MEd
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 7/23/2014
Date Last Modified: 7/30/2014