Pneumonia Vaccine, Is it Effective?

Smileworld By Smileworld, 5th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/166q928_/
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As a mother, I want the best for my child. I'll do anything to protect him from sickness. In this article, I am sharing with you my personal experience with pneumonia vaccine, for you to know what to expect and then decide whether or not, you still want the said vaccine for your child.

I expected much, but . . .

My youngest son, Paul Jethro, had his first pneumonia and asthma attack last April 2009, summer, a week after we enjoyed a one-day picnic-swimming family activity at Ohlala Paradise Spring Resort at Guinobatan, Albay. I was then at the office when he was taken to the Emergency Room of Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital, nearest hospital in our house by his sister. He was gasping for air, he had difficulty in breathing. He was diagnosed to have asthma and pneumonia at the same time. He was confined to the hospital for five days for medical treatment.

I heard that pneumonia vaccine can prevent the recurrence of said disease. When he had his follow up check-up after he was discharged from the hospital, I requested for said vaccine. The nurse explained to me that the effect of the vaccine would last for five years. So, I was hopeful that he will be free from pneumonia for at least five (5) years.

The following summer (April 2010) Jet was diagnosed again to have pneumonia. According to Dr. Edmund Wong, specialist in internal medicine and allergology of Clinica Bethany at Daraga, Albay, there were different strains of bacteria that can cause pneumonia. The vaccine given was limited to a certain strain of bacteria only, and a different strain of pneumonia bacteria had penetrated his system. On that time, he had a bronchial asthma and acute sinusitis.

Just last summer (2013) a similar incident happened. He continuously coughed, to the point that his breathing was affected. We brought him to Estevez Memorial Hospital, Legazpi City. When we arrived there, he was provided with oxygen, done a series of nebulization and his pulse rate was taken. A chest x-ray was likewise, done. Dr. Mary Ann Salazar, a pediatrician and pulmonologist, has diagnosed him to have an asthma attack and type II pneumonia at the same time. That was his second pneumonia case after he had a pneumonia vaccine.

On the other hand, my mother, who is now 84 years, had her pneumonia vaccine four years ago. Since then, she did not have pneumonia. She also had this ailment prior to the vaccine.

The above experiences made me think, is it really advisable to have a pneumonia vaccine when it cannot guarantee a 100% protection against pneumonia? In the case of my mother, the vaccine seems to be effective.

Pneumonia vaccines are available in private clinics and hospitals and most doctors encourage this type of vaccination. Having this sad experience related to said vaccine, there is a need for those clinics to enlighten the parents of future “vaccine recipients”

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author avatar Lee Hansen
5th Oct 2014 (#)

You make a good argument. I hope your son has better days ahead with his asthma and pneumonia.

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author avatar Smileworld
6th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks, Lee! Among my 3 kids, he is the only one with asthma problem. He is learning to cope now with this condition.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
6th Oct 2014 (#)

Here people are sometimes told to get a flu vaccine, I have not heard of a pneumonia one.

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author avatar Smileworld
8th Oct 2014 (#)

In our country, flu vaccine is also encouraged. Pneumonia vaccine is not as popular as the flu vaccine. It is more expensive but doctors encouraged it, especially those with respiratory problem.

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author avatar Retired
7th Oct 2014 (#)

I hope your son is feeling better. Thanks for the information on this vaccine. I had not heard about this until just recently when my doctor advised me to get it. I have had a number of bouts of pneumonia over the last while. After having read this article I will need to do some research on this vaccine before I decide to get it.

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author avatar Smileworld
7th Oct 2014 (#)

He is fine now, thanks! Yea, it is better to do more research on this vaccine, its pros and cons. At least you know what to really expect. That's one thing that I failed to do, that's why I expected more. Thanks for sharing your thought, carolford!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Oct 2014 (#)

A few years back I got pneumonia. I can say for a fact that I was so sick that I never want to go through that again. Since then I have received my pneumonia shot. I have not come down with pneumonia since then.

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author avatar Smileworld
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Me, too. I got pneumonia vaccine and never had it again. (Hope so!) I just don't know why my child continues to have pnuemonia despite of the vaccine.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
8th Oct 2014 (#)

Smileworld, that is definitely a mystery. I wonder if anyone in the medical field could answer that. I hope you find an answer soon.

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author avatar Smileworld
8th Oct 2014 (#)

As I understand from Dr. Wong, the vaccine protects its recipient only from one type of bacteria. And, there were several types of bacteria and viruses can can effect or create pnuemonia. And, vaccine for those other types are not yet discovered.

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