Newer pneumonia vaccine could help seniors

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A new pneumonia vaccine could save thousands from contracting the serious illness and senior citizens are a top priority to protect.

A Center for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee has recommended people who are 65 and older start getting the newer vaccine for pneumonia, which protects against another type of pneumonia-causing bacteria.

"It's been proven to just do a better job at protecting against pneumonia for the elderly population and the infant population than the one that's been currently used for senior citizens," said Veronica Daehn-Harvey, of the Mesa County Health Department.

The CDC has already advised infants and those with compromised immune systems get the new version of the shot, but the CDC will now look at the committee's recommendation for seniors.

Health experts are predicting the vaccine will prevent about 5,000 people from getting sick.

The shot costs $135. It was created in 2011.

The other pneumonia vaccine is still recommended for adults.

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