Pneumococcal Vaccinations against pneumonia

Posted by alleycatkate @alleycatkate, Mon, Sep 23 11:10am

Has everyone on this site over 65 received the 2 pneumonia vaccinations? Have you found them effective in keeping pneumonia at bay? I have done the first but am adverse to vaccinations and am due for the second one (PPSV23) and have been putting it off. Any thoughts? Kate

@alleycatkate

@margiebanks …Wow! Margie! That sounds awful! Did you just have the 1st pneumoccocal shot? I had heard the flu shot last year was not very effective but hoping that the pneumonia shot is much better. Thanks for your thoughts. Kate

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@alleycatkate i don't know which pneumonia shot I got, but I see my pulmo doc tomorrow and we'll discuss it.

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@alleycatkate Hi there. I am not over 65 (60), but I have had my pneumonia shots. Folks with bronchiectasis should have this as we are at extra risk.

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@windwalker

@alleycatkate Hi there. I am not over 65 (60), but I have had my pneumonia shots. Folks with bronchiectasis should have this as we are at extra risk.

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Thank you, @windwalker!!

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@fdixon63

I hated to respond about reactions to vaccines because I feel they are important. I had the pneumonia #23 shot two weeks ago. Within 3 hours my arm began to hurt but I know that is normal. The pain got a lot worse. I began to experience nausea, vomiting, low grade fever and very unsteady gait. My husband had to help me to walk to bathroom, change clothes, etc. The next day I called my primary doc and was told if I was not any better in 5-6 days to call back. The next day was the same so went of urgent care. Was given a shot of ?? and prescription for prednisone. Within a few hours I began to feel better. The pain in my shoulder is still bothering me. I've been doing a little physical therapy to try to get full range of motion back. I am 74 and have NTM and bronchiectasis. Now I'm not sure about taking the flu shot but if I do will try to see if they can not give in my arm. I feel like the shot went into the shoulder joint. I'm very thin. I've heard that it can be given in the thigh. Has anyone ever gotten flu or pneumonia shot there?

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@fdixon63 That sounds a little scary and I hope you are getting the full usage of your arm back. Trying your thigh for your next shot sounds like a good alternative. Hope that works. Thanks for responding. Kate

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hi Alleycatkate….I'm 64 and have received both shots with no side effects…haven't had pneumonia since my 20's…I'm hoping it's due to strengthening my immune system, exercise, meditation, and lots of red wine…👍

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@megan123 Hi Jennifer….Haha…Love the wine! Do you take anything in particular to boost your immune system? I am always looking for natural ways to improve mine. Thanks. Kate

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@alleycatkate

@megan123 Hi Jennifer….Haha…Love the wine! Do you take anything in particular to boost your immune system? I am always looking for natural ways to improve mine. Thanks. Kate

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Hi, Kate. I don't know if you remember me. I am the one with the fruity kitty, Apple.
As I previously stated I am 85 and have nodular MAC. The nodular part just
reared its ugly head a year ago. I have no symptoms except shortness of breath and tiredness. The last time I got on this site
I said I was to have another cat scan in six months. Well, I had it and the nodules had
mildly improved. My shortness of breath has seemed to have gotten worse in the last year. I see my doctor tomorrow. As stated before I would not take the
big 3 or the arkacye (sp) because I refuse to endanger my sight and hearing.
Before I see my doctor, I would like to ask how you cured your MAC and also
if there is anyone out there who has been successful with alternative routes or
other antibiotics with no scary side effects. I still walk two miles a day but
frequently go to bed after that. Also, did you have a suspect ability test?

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@bibes

Hi, Kate. I don't know if you remember me. I am the one with the fruity kitty, Apple.
As I previously stated I am 85 and have nodular MAC. The nodular part just
reared its ugly head a year ago. I have no symptoms except shortness of breath and tiredness. The last time I got on this site
I said I was to have another cat scan in six months. Well, I had it and the nodules had
mildly improved. My shortness of breath has seemed to have gotten worse in the last year. I see my doctor tomorrow. As stated before I would not take the
big 3 or the arkacye (sp) because I refuse to endanger my sight and hearing.
Before I see my doctor, I would like to ask how you cured your MAC and also
if there is anyone out there who has been successful with alternative routes or
other antibiotics with no scary side effects. I still walk two miles a day but
frequently go to bed after that. Also, did you have a suspect ability test?

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@bibes Hello there. If you click on my round picture icon, my treatment plan will pop up. There are other ways to successfully treat mac. I was so infected for years with mac that my air sacs were getting nearly totally impacted. It was advised that I prepare for a possible lung transplant. Because my lung function was so low (32%) Mayo decided that I should get pre-qualified for a transplant, just in case. They also decided to try to turn the infection around which they were successful in doing. My lung function remains low, but I am infection free from mac since 2014, and pseudomonas free since 2016. Every patient is different, therefore; treatment is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. Determinants are: type of mac infection, and susceptibility to the antibiotics.

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@megan123

hi Alleycatkate….I'm 64 and have received both shots with no side effects…haven't had pneumonia since my 20's…I'm hoping it's due to strengthening my immune system, exercise, meditation, and lots of red wine…👍

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@megan123 I swear girl, wine is the answer. At least it is beverage that has been sterilized.

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@windwalker

@bibes Hello there. If you click on my round picture icon, my treatment plan will pop up. There are other ways to successfully treat mac. I was so infected for years with mac that my air sacs were getting nearly totally impacted. It was advised that I prepare for a possible lung transplant. Because my lung function was so low (32%) Mayo decided that I should get pre-qualified for a transplant, just in case. They also decided to try to turn the infection around which they were successful in doing. My lung function remains low, but I am infection free from mac since 2014, and pseudomonas free since 2016. Every patient is different, therefore; treatment is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. Determinants are: type of mac infection, and susceptibility to the antibiotics.

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Thank you so much, Windwalker. That is a big help.

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@bibes

Hi, Kate. I don't know if you remember me. I am the one with the fruity kitty, Apple.
As I previously stated I am 85 and have nodular MAC. The nodular part just
reared its ugly head a year ago. I have no symptoms except shortness of breath and tiredness. The last time I got on this site
I said I was to have another cat scan in six months. Well, I had it and the nodules had
mildly improved. My shortness of breath has seemed to have gotten worse in the last year. I see my doctor tomorrow. As stated before I would not take the
big 3 or the arkacye (sp) because I refuse to endanger my sight and hearing.
Before I see my doctor, I would like to ask how you cured your MAC and also
if there is anyone out there who has been successful with alternative routes or
other antibiotics with no scary side effects. I still walk two miles a day but
frequently go to bed after that. Also, did you have a suspect ability test?

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@bibes …Yes…I do remember you and Apple…I had the Melon and Grape kitties!! We could have had a nice furry fruit salad.
I have not cured my MAC but it seems to be holding and my symptom of shortness of breath has subsided and I am pretty much rid of the phlegmy stuff that I used to cough up. I still do have some fatigue. I also think I would not consider the big 3 as I dread pharmaceuticals and their side effects. I would like to think that my routine of nebulizing 7% saline daily, taking Astragalus to boost my immune system and NAC for the immune and respiratory system have helped. I continue to walk for about 3/4 hours a day. Oh…also take supplement Clear Lungs…1x a day and have a stringent pure diet…especially no mucousy milk!
I believe when I had the bronchoscopy that they did the susceptibility testing but I did not follow up on that as I don't want the meds.

Glad to hear there has been improvement with your nodules. I do not have a super Pulmonologist that is monitoring me. I did go to Mayo for a second opinion and mostly follow that Dr's advice and use my Primary. I am not sure if you follow this site regularly…but I did see that there can be a natural conversion of MAC, and it was a promising percentage. Wow! I danced the day I saw that. I think with a good diet and preventative measures that the body tries very hard to heal itself. I hope that is what is behind your promising nodules. As to your shortness of breath….I know that when I had it I started using an Incentive Spirometer that helped tremendously….building up my natural lung function ability. It occurred to me when I was gasping for air one day that I just was not getting enough oxygen and it made sense…and it worked for me. It is the little breathing exercise apparatus that improves the volume of air you can take in and expel. They give it to you in the hospital after an operation so that you do not develop pneumonia….I used it maybe 5x a day till my lung function improved. At any rate…it worked wonders for me. Please let us know how your appointment goes. Wishing you the best of health and lots of purrs from the Apple of your eye!! Kate PS…you can google Incentive Spirometer for a utube video on how to use it.

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@alleycatkate

@megan123 Hi Jennifer….Haha…Love the wine! Do you take anything in particular to boost your immune system? I am always looking for natural ways to improve mine. Thanks. Kate

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Hi Kate…To strengthen my immune system I take Vit D, 6000 I U with Vit K, Tumeric with pepper 1000mg, and a Garlic pill, and Oregano drops, all daily, as well as nac, clear lungs, and a teaspoon of collicidal silver…sounds like a lot, but it seems to wrk for me.

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Hi Jennifer @megan123 …I do D3+K2 and also NAC & Clear lungs. I wish I could take tumeric but realized it was giving me hives. Wow…I just googled oregeno oil and it sounds incredibly beneficial…I am interested!! It all sounds very good. Thank you for sharing your regimen. Kate

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@bibes

Hi, Kate. I don't know if you remember me. I am the one with the fruity kitty, Apple.
As I previously stated I am 85 and have nodular MAC. The nodular part just
reared its ugly head a year ago. I have no symptoms except shortness of breath and tiredness. The last time I got on this site
I said I was to have another cat scan in six months. Well, I had it and the nodules had
mildly improved. My shortness of breath has seemed to have gotten worse in the last year. I see my doctor tomorrow. As stated before I would not take the
big 3 or the arkacye (sp) because I refuse to endanger my sight and hearing.
Before I see my doctor, I would like to ask how you cured your MAC and also
if there is anyone out there who has been successful with alternative routes or
other antibiotics with no scary side effects. I still walk two miles a day but
frequently go to bed after that. Also, did you have a suspect ability test?

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@bibes YOU GO GIRL! still walking 2 miles a day at age 85?? You will be my daily inspiration when I don’t wanna go to the gym and I don’t want to do my airway clearance! God Bless and keep you.

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@alleycatkate I got both vaccines before age 65 due to being at higher risk for pneumonia. I think it has helped with preventing some illnesses when around the Grandchildren

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