neumonia causes about 40,000 deaths in the United States each year. You should have a "pneumonia shot" if:

  • you are age 65 or older
  • you have diabetes
  • you have chronic heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease
  • you have sickle-cell disease
  • your immune system is compromised (due to cancer, HIV, or AIDS, or from corticosteroid medication, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy)
  • you have had your spleen removed or have a spleen dysfunction
  • you have had an organ transplant or a bone marrow transplant
  • you are a healthcare worker

The pneumococcal vaccine provides long-term immunity and can be given at any time of year. You should be revaccinated if you received the vaccine in childhood and have a chronic condition such as sickle-cell disease.

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