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Vaccine to Prevent Pneumonia

What it is

Vaccination is giving a person a shot that helps them to be at least partly immune to certain germs. The pneumonia shot helps prevent pneumonia caused by certain kinds of bacteria.

How it Relates to Diabetes

People with diabetes are more likely to develop infections and do much worse when they do get them. People with diabetes are much more likely to have complications when they get the flu or pneumonia. So it's important that you get all of the vaccines you need. Vaccination lowers the risk of catching some diseases caused by germs.

The Quality Standard - How to Know You're Okay

Every year your health care provider should give you a flu shot. You should only get a pneumonia shot once, after you've been diagnosed.

What You Can Do

Check with your doctor to get your flu shot every year and be sure you have had a pneumonia shot.

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Last Reviewed: Dec 07, 2012

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