If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ in HCMA Announcements. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Your Participation in this message board is strictly voluntary. Information and comments on the message board do not necessarily reflect the feelings, opinions, or positions of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. At no time should participants to this board substitute information within for individual medical advice. The Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association shall not be liable for any information provided herein. All participants in this board should conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner. Failure to do so will result in suspension or termination. The moderators of the message board working with the HCMA will be responsible for notifying participants if they have violated the rules of conduct for the board. Moderators or HCMA staff may edit any post to ensure it conforms with the rules of the board or may delete it. This community is welcoming to all those with HCM we ask that you remember each user comes to the board with information and a point of view that may differ from that which you hold, respect is critical, please post respectfully. Thank you

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

pneumonia shot

Collapse

About the Author

Collapse

cynthiaG Find out more about cynthiaG
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • pneumonia shot

    ....The doctor on t.v. last night also recommended those with a heart condition to get a pneumonia shot..?
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #2
    Re: pneumonia shot

    I get them. I have asthma. They're good for about 7 years. It's to guard against a particularly bad strain of pneumonia.

    Reenie
    Reenie

    ****************
    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: pneumonia shot

      Reenie,

      Are you speaking of the pneumococcal conjugate (PCV7) vaccine? I've been wanting to get that. There's one that they give to children and elderly now that also is supposed to be effective against ear infections. I'm wondering which one that is?

      Thanks,

      Jim
      "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: pneumonia shot

        After a fun time with pneumonia 8 years ago I had the shot the next year. I will have to check on the life span of that - Some say 5 years others said it was good for life - thanks for reminding me to check on that!

        Lisa
        Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
        YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

        Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
        lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
        Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
        Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
        Currently not obstructed
        Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: pneumonia shot

          The pneumococcal shot should be repeated in 10 yrs at most. This does not protect against all pneumonias, only pneumococcal pneumonia. This is one of the most serious with potentially devasting complications - septicemia, meningitis, etc. Linda

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: pneumonia shot

            If I just had a bad bought of pneumonia do I need to get the vaccine as well?

            Mary s.

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: pneumonia shot

              Originally posted by mtlieb
              Reenie,

              Are you speaking of the pneumococcal conjugate (PCV7) vaccine? I've been wanting to get that. There's one that they give to children and elderly now that also is supposed to be effective against ear infections. I'm wondering which one that is?

              Thanks,

              Jim
              Ummmm, I dunno.... What Linda said!!! Yep, that's my answer!

              Reenie
              Reenie

              ****************
              Husband has HCM.
              3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: pneumonia shot

                Mary, pneumonia can be caused by many kinds of bacteria and viruses. The pneumococcal is only one kind of pneumonia, but one of the most severe. Because there is a shot available, it makes sense to protect those most likely to be compromised by this illness(chronic health probs, elderly, those who have had a splenectomy should always have it as they have lost one of their defensive organs). So, yes, you should have the pneumonia shot if you have not had it within 10 yrs. If you protect against the bacteria, Jim, I would think it would also protect against secondary infections such as an ear infection, but to my knowledge, is not given specifically for ear infections. I'm sure if anyone out there knows about a vaccine for ear infections, they will let us know. Again, this is not a substitute for the flu shot, they are very different. Linda

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: pneumonia shot

                  Yearly "Flu" shots are free in Ontario as are "Pneumo 23" - Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine - which can be gotten at the same time and only needs to be repeated once every 7 years.

                  It is indicated for the prevention of invasive infection, such as pneumonia or meningitis, caused by those types of pneumococci contained in the vaccine.

                  A single dose of pneumococcal vaccine should be given to persons in the following groups at increased risk of pneumococcal disease or its complications:

                  Adults
                  1. All persons 65 years of age.
                  2. Adults with asplenia, splenic dysfunction or sickle-cell disease.
                  3. Adults with the following conditions: chronic cardiorespiratory disease, cirrhosis, alcoholism, chronic renal disease, nephrotic syndrome, diabetes mellitus, chronic cerebrospinal fluid leak, HIV infection and other conditions associated with immunosuppression (Hodgkin’s disease, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, immunosuppression for organ transplantation).

                  Children
                  1. Children 2 years of age with asplenia, splenic dysfunction or sickle-cell disease.
                  2. All children ³ 2 years of age with nephrotic syndrome, chronic cerebrospinal fluid leak, HIV infection and other conditions associated with immunosuppression.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: pneumonia shot

                    Great info! Thanks!
                    Lisa
                    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                    Currently not obstructed
                    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

                    Comment

                    Today's Birthdays

                    Collapse

                    Working...
                    X