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Preventing pneumonia: new vaccine recommendations for the elderly

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - There are new recommendations out when it comes to preventing pneumonia.

Everyone over 65 is now recommended to receive two types of vaccine -- especially important now, since pneumonia is a common complication from the flu.

For some seniors, staying healthy is a top goal and that includes preventing pneumonia.

"Pneumonia is really tough on elderly people," said Bob Tiedtke, who lives in Cedar Rapids. 

For years the CDC has been recommending that seniors get a pneumonia vaccine. But now, there's actually two separate vaccines they need to get.
The two vaccines protect against different bacteria. Having both shots gives you better protection.

Many people over the age of 65 are familiar with the first kind and may have already gotten the shot. But the guidelines just changed recently, so healthcare professionals say it's important for people to meet with their doctors regularly.

"We want everyone to be seeing their doctors for that healthy physical to make sure they're up-to-date on all their immunizations," said Heather Meador, Linn County Public Health Nurse.

For a lot of people, the the vaccines will protect you for life. However, some people will need booster shots.

If you've gotten the vaccine and the booster, still check with your doctor.  You may not have gotten the second vaccine yet.

Medicare and Iowa Medicaid now cover both of the vaccines.

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