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TO PATIENTS OVER AGE 65: Have you had a Prevnar vaccine?

The Prevnar vaccine is recommended to expand protection against pneumococcal pneumonia, a deadly type of pneumonia. Many people age 65 and older have received the Pneumovax (the 23 valent pneumococcal vaccine, which covers 23 strains of the bacteria); it is now recommended by the CDC that they receive the Prevnar to add more protection against the pneumococcal bacteria. Here are the new guidelines:

  1.  If you are an adult age 65 or older and have never received any pneumonia vaccine you should have the Prevnar first, followed by the Pneumovax 6-12 months later.
  2.  If you are an adult age 65 or older and have received the Pneumovax, you should have the Prevnar a year or more after the Pneumovax.