|Public Health Public Service Announcements
|Your Pneumonia Vaccine: More Important Than Ever
Most people who have the flu, no matter what kind, recover from the illness without any further problems. But as with any disease, the flu can and does cause complications in some individuals. The most frequent problem is pneumonia.
While the vaccine does not protect an individual from all different types of pneumonia, it does protect against twenty-three different kinds, including those most likely to cause serious disease. We urge all residents who meet the following guidelines to discuss the pneumonia vaccine with their doctor to determine whether or not they should receive the shot.
• All people 65 y/o or older
• All persons below 65 y/o with one or more of the following: heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, liver disease, HIV, cancer, asthma, alcoholism or if you smoke.
If you have any questions regarding the pneumonia vaccine, please call the Schuyler County Health Department at 607-535-8140.