Should people over 65 get Prevnar13 pneumonia vaccine during COVID-19?

Posted by curious2know @curious2know, Apr 3, 2020

This is a question for either an Infectious Disease Practitioner and/or an Immunologist . . .
For people 65 and over who have NOT yet had the Prevnar 13 vaccine, is it safe/advisable to take now, absent a Covid-19 infection, or would it be best to wait until after the threat of Covid-19 infection is significantly reduced? Thanks!

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@colleenyoung

@lioness can you provide a link to the research paper?

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@colleenyoung I cant find it now Ive been searching but did find Harvard edu/cronovirus dont know where it went to sorry the article has researchers from U.K and other countries that they talk about If I come across it again I,ll let you know

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@colleenyoung . I found the website I was looking at. http://www.institutefornaturalhealing.com on this site there a number of country,s that Dr,s are giving there information about Vit D3

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@lioness

@colleenyoung . I found the website I was looking at. http://www.institutefornaturalhealing.com on this site there a number of country,s that Dr,s are giving there information about Vit D3

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Thank you for persisting with your search, @lioness. I always like the see the source and evidence of any claims. I think this is the particular article you were referring to
– Coronavirus: One Vitamin May Be the Key to Stopping It https://www.institutefornaturalhealing.com/2020/03/coronavirus-one-vitamin-may-be-the-key-to-stopping-it/

While the title is attention grabbing, it is important to note one key point:
"With coronavirus becoming a threat only in recent months, researchers have not yet had time to test vitamin D directly against it."

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@colleenyoung I found this one from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/prm/articles/PMC2759054 and Vit D3 and colds, flu,s as it is related to the virus . I think I was concerned with droplets that we may breath , they say it could be in the droplets of a sneeze,, cough ? any ways wear a mask to prevent from breathing in or giving to someone else . Tonight they said officially now wear a mask There is so much misinformation out there Im going with my nursing feeling . haha

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@colleenyoung

@curious2know as others have mentioned, the answer to your question is best answered by your doctor, so that she or he can give you advice relevant to your health status. As @astaingegerdm suggested, currently medical professionals and infectious disease specialists advise at this time get flu and pneumonia vaccines to help avoid getting other these illnesses and keep you as healthy as possible. Flu and pneumonia vaccines don't protect against COVID-19.

Here is some information that I found from the Government of British Columbia, Canada's website (https://immunizebc.ca/question-categories/pneumococcal-vaccines) that addresses your questions specifically.

EXCERPT
Question: Should I get the Prevnar 13 vaccine at this time of the situation of Covid-19 to prevent any serious infection?
Answer: Immunization with Prevnar® 13 vaccine may be considered. Discuss this vaccine with your health care provider.

Question: Is the Prevnar-13 Vaccine effective against Covid-19 pneumonia.
Answer: According to the World Health Organization:
"Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new coronavirus. The virus is so new and different that it needs its own vaccine. Researchers are trying to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV. Although these vaccines are not effective against 2019-nCoV, vaccination against respiratory illnesses is highly recommended to protect your health."

@curious2know, I'd be curious to hear what you find out from your physician.

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Thank all of you for the guidance – I will seek to consult w/ my PCP. I welcome other input/insight as folks may wish to contribute their knowledge/awareness.

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Lioness and Colleen, thank you both for this information and the link. I have been prescribed Vit D-3, 5000 mgs/day for osteoporosis for several years. Although I knew sunshine was a great natural source and love to be in the yard gardening, I was interested in the study's report of its aid for respiratory viruses in general, not covid-19 in particular, because of my chronic bronchitis.

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@astaingegerdm

@curious2know @merpreb – Merry, you are correct. The COVID-19 pneumonia is part of the viral infection. A vaccine like Prevnar could prevent a secondary bacterial pneumonia from pneumococcus.

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@astaingegerdm– From what I can gather pneumonia that occurs as a secondary infection with COVID-19 is bacterial pneumonia. The vaccine covers viruses.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-guidance-management-patients.html
https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/23/antibiotic-resistance-hidden-threat-lurking-behind-covid-19/

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