Pneumonia Shots ... Do those shots really keep people from getting Pneumonia?

United States
January 2, 2007 1:44pm CST
In my opinion the Pneumonia shot can give a person Pneumonia where they probably wouldn't have gotten Pneumonia in the first place and it could kill them. I just lost my Dad Thanksgiving Day from Pneumonia, he had a 'doctor prescribed' Pneumonia shot the week before he passed away. At one time I had faith in doctors but never again. I believe that our medical doctors don't know what they are doing most of the time. They are only "Practicing" Medicine.
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@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
25 Jan 07
First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your Father. I hope that by now you are beginning to find some peace and comfort. The pneumonia shot does not give a person pneumonia. It is a killed vaccine that is not capable of causing the disease, although it can cause mild side effects just as the flu shot can. The pneumonia shot protects against the 23 most common types of bacterial pneumonia in the community, but by no means protects against all pneumonia. It is still possible to get a life-threatening pneumonia caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungus that is not in the vaccine. Unfortunately, this is most likely an unfortunate coincidence. As a primary healthcare provider, I recommend pneumonia shots to anyone with chronic diseases such as lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, or diabetes, and also to anyone over 65 years of age. I have had 2 pneumonia shots already with no problems. They are recommended to be given every 10 years to those in the above "high risk groups" except for the case of HIV/AIDS where they are re-vaccinated every 5 years. Again, I'm sorry about your Dad. I'll say a prayer for both of you tonight. Peace.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks for your concern, I'm still broke up over losing my Dad and wonder how long it takes to get over this. It's been two months and it still feels like it just happened. With you being a health care provider maybe you could answer this question for me. What happens if a person gets two pneumonia shots within a week or two of each other? Does it make a person real sick?
@mdilan (803)
• United States
24 Jan 07
My husband and toddler got them this year. Nevertheless, they got sick wit bronchitis. When we asked this to our babies' pediatrician, he said that the shot does not protect from all types of flu, including those that may lead to pneumonia.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
Wow, sorry that your husband and baby got sick and hope both of them are doing alright by now. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
15 Jan 07
There is some truth in what you said. However, dad may have had the germ before he had the shot. Then it would not have worked. I am sorry for your loss of him, as that is very painful. My husband takes it every 5 years, and he has been fine.
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• United States
16 Jan 07
Thanks for your well wishes, it has been devistating for my family with our loss ;-) Having the germ prior to the shot could be a posibility. I suppose we will never know now. All this raises yet another question, what does two pneumonia shots within one week of each other do to a person?
• United States
12 Jan 07
I have had the shot once, because it was recomended by my dr. I had a bad reaction to it. couldn't use the arm they put it in for almost a month. it didn't stop me from getting pneumonia that year either. What made it twice as bad with Dad is he had 2 within a few days, not just one. Hugs...
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• United States
14 Jan 07
And that's another reason why the pneumonia shots aren't too great. They cause all kinds of unwanted reactions plus you can still get pneumonia :-(( Hugs to you too. Sorry to hear about your experience with the pneumonia shot, not too cool. Yeah ... Dad had 'two' too many shots, now I'm speechless :-(
@mfibong (138)
• Singapore
5 Jan 07
as i read from an article before, pneumonia shot only gives our body greater resistance against pneumonia...it can prevent pneumonia but it doesn't totally remove the possibility that we can get pneumonia...one factor that may still cause us to acquire pneumonia despite the fact that we had a pneumonia shot is the level of immunity of our body...that is, whether our body still accepts the help of preventives such as the pneumonia shot...
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• United States
4 Jan 07
My mother has this shot every year. She still gets colds and other illnesses. But has not gotten pneumonia. Sorry to hear of your loss. Huggers.
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• United States
5 Jan 07
Thank God that your Mother has not had pneumonia, especially from a pneumonia shot. I know it depends on a persons immune system whether it helps them or not. Thanks for the Huggers ;) I needed em' ;)
• India
3 Jan 07
when pneimonia is caused by bacteria,in infected child really becomes sick and ive been thru it mysely.well its just a lung infection
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@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I don't know much about pneumonia shots. I used to swear by the flu shot when I worked in Human Resources, particularly in the medical industry. I found that many of the people I dealt with had built up great resistance to germs and didn't get sick themselves but still passed them along to others. This is the first year I didn't get a flu shot and I did get sick more, but I also had my son in a new school this year and he and I both got sick more often, I think because of the new people we were around. My husband thinks that the shots are worthless. I'm not sure. Again, I am so sorry about your dad. I wish you peace and comfort.
• United States
4 Jan 07
Thank you for the well wishes, It's been very hard and quite a shocker losing my Dad :(( Bummer that you got sick more without the shot. Do you believe that if a person starting at a young age would have a shot every year that it would build up their immune system so they wouldn't get sick or even die? I'm not sure that I believe that ... it's too risky for me. My Dad had never had a pneumonia shot before ... he didn't need them or believe in them he said. With my experience I wouldn't get any kind of shots now.
@rosie_123 (6118)
30 Jan 07
First I am sorry for your loss. And I do understand your bitterness, - when we lose someone close we are sad, and one of the recognised stages of mourning is anger - so your anger is totally understandable. Having said that - my own Father is 80 years old - he had the pneumonia vaccination last November, and (touch wood) he is fine! I also have the flu vaccination every year and, again, have never suffeed any ill effetcs. Doctors are not infallible - if they do something 100 times and get it right 99 times and wrong only once, they are only going to be remembered for the mistake. I would not want the responsibility of their job - but I do undestand what you are sayng.