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Should I Get Vaccinated? A pneumonia vaccine is recommended for children and anyone 65 years old and older. But it’s especially important for people with heart disease, because heart disease can weaken your body’s immune system. Remember, if your body is fighting another disease, it is harder for you to stay healthy, and this makes you more likely to get pneumonia. Pneumonia is a serious problem for someone with heart disease because it can make your heart disease worse. Long-standing heart disease triples the risk of developing pneumococcal pneumonia, yet only 5 out of 100 people with chronic heart disease receive a pneumococcal vaccination. The pneumonia vaccine is the best way to avoid catching pneumonia. Influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations are recommended for patients with chronic heart failure.* Serious pneumonia is commonly caused by a bacteria (Pneumococcal) or a virus (Influenza). People with heart disease are especially prone to the damage these infections can have on the heart. Moreover, having heart disease can make it more difficult to fight the pneumonia. Vaccines can have side effects, but these are usually mild and go away after a brief time. Serious side effects from vaccines are very rare, but receive a lot of attention in the news media. The benefits that vaccines provide are far greater than the risks of receiving them. Talk with your doctor about your risks and the potential benefits of getting vaccinated. *Yancy CW, et al. 2013 ACCF/AHA guideline for the management of heart failure: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation. 2013;128:e240–e327. PLAY VIDEO Pneumococcal Vaccination 9


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