Change of Advice on Pneumonia Vaccine

An influential U.S. medical advisory panel has recommended that people age 65 and older get two pneumonia vaccines — the traditional shot as well as a newer version that can offer additional protection. The panel, which provides medical advice to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), voted 13-2 in August to recommend that those 65-plus get the newer vaccine, called Prevnar 13, even if they already have had the older Pneumovax 23. The recommendations, including the time intervals …

New Pneumonia Vaccine For Adults 50 and Older

A pneumonia vaccine previously recommended only for infants and young children, has now been approved for adults ages 50 and older, the Food and Drug Administration announced. The vaccine protects against 13 strains of pneumococcal disease, including the most common type of pneumonia plus meningitis and ear infection. It previously had been approved for use in children ages six weeks through five years. A little more than a month ago, a panel of federal health experts voted overwhelmingly to recommend …