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

@jkiemen Jo Ann…Thanks for your input. Appreciate it! Kate

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I like you have been adverse to taking vaccines. I am 67 and have MAC and Bronchiectesis. Having a lot more breathing issues lately so got my first flu shot in years. I also got my first pneumonia shot. She said the flu shot is a hit or miss every year so was more concerned about me getting the pneumonia shot. I had both shots on September 16th and only experienced some soreness in the arm with the pneumonia shot. I am hoping I will notice a difference by taking the shots. Only time will tell.

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Hi, Alleycatkate and Windwalker and everyone else.

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@bibes

Hi, Alleycatkate and Windwalker and everyone else.

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I hope this is the right way to post this.Anyway, I saw my pulmonologist yesterday. I really really like him. He told me my nodules had mildly improved which he had told me before.
He said MAC never goes away. That's what he thinks, Kate. He says MAC progresses very
slowly. I am doing well…85, walking two miles a day, short of breath and fatigue but
that's it. If I get sick with the chills, fever, weight loss, etc., he would refer me to a
infectious disease doctor. He suggested a breathing rehab clinic his practice has but I
declined. He then gave me an inhaler to be used once a day. But when I got home
and looked up the side effects it can cause glaucumo. So being the smart ass/bad
Scot/Irish patient that I am, I am not going to use it. I ordered a spirometer instead. Thank you
so much for that tip Kate. I will use it diligently. I will also get NAC.
My doctor and I laughed a lot and I return in two months. But honesty I think my
sympathy plays are not going to work much anymore. I am doing great and I
wish that for all of you. Elizabeth

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@bibes

I hope this is the right way to post this.Anyway, I saw my pulmonologist yesterday. I really really like him. He told me my nodules had mildly improved which he had told me before.
He said MAC never goes away. That's what he thinks, Kate. He says MAC progresses very
slowly. I am doing well…85, walking two miles a day, short of breath and fatigue but
that's it. If I get sick with the chills, fever, weight loss, etc., he would refer me to a
infectious disease doctor. He suggested a breathing rehab clinic his practice has but I
declined. He then gave me an inhaler to be used once a day. But when I got home
and looked up the side effects it can cause glaucumo. So being the smart ass/bad
Scot/Irish patient that I am, I am not going to use it. I ordered a spirometer instead. Thank you
so much for that tip Kate. I will use it diligently. I will also get NAC.
My doctor and I laughed a lot and I return in two months. But honesty I think my
sympathy plays are not going to work much anymore. I am doing great and I
wish that for all of you. Elizabeth

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@bibes ….Dear Elizabeth…I loved your post…you smart ass bad Scott Irish patient!! How great is that? Please do let me know how you make out with the spirometer…I started out slow and just built up my volume. I am glad to hear you are doing so great and I hope that continues. Kate

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Dear Kate, After doing a lot of research and looking the the specific side effects of my inhaler, I have
decidedI am being ridiculous. I will use the inhaler and the spirometer. With both, of course, I will
soon be perfect. Love to your kitties. Elizabeth

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@bibes

Dear Kate, After doing a lot of research and looking the the specific side effects of my inhaler, I have
decidedI am being ridiculous. I will use the inhaler and the spirometer. With both, of course, I will
soon be perfect. Love to your kitties. Elizabeth

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@bibes…Dear Elizabeth, I had to chuckle when I first read your message about the inhaler….being a badass Irish/English headstrong gal…I did the exact same thing with my inhaler. It sits in my drawer, unused. Kitties send greetings and meows. Please carry on striving for perfection! With appreciation, Kate

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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 Wow! That is an awful reaction to the shot. I can understand your reluctance in going forward with the flu shot .. I am going to get the pneumonia but not the flu as last year’s flu shot was not very effective against many strains. Thanks for relating your experience. Hope that was the second shot for you and that you are up to date now. Kate

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