Pneumonia prevention

Prevention of pneumonia

The Logan County Department of Public Health (LCDPH) is urging those at risk to get vaccinated in the fight against pneumonia. LCDPH now offers PREVNAR 20, a new FDA-approved vaccine that provides broad spectrum protection against 20 serotypes responsible for pneumococcal disease and pneumonia. All major insurances are accepted.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports in a recent analysis that pneumococcal disease, which includes pneumonia, is responsible for 4 million episodes of illness, 445,000 hospitalizations and 22,000 deaths annually.

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Streptococcus pneumoniae is a bacteria commonly found in the nose and throat. The bacteria can sometimes cause serious illness in children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of middle ear infections, sepsis (blood infection) in children, and pneumonia in immunocompromised people and the elderly. Symptoms usually include a sudden onset of fever and shaking or chills. Other symptoms may include headache, cough, chest pain, disorientation, shortness of breath, weakness, and sometimes a stiff neck. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor.

The CDC recommends that people age 65 and older who have never received a Prevnar-13 or Prevnar-15 vaccine, or whose vaccination history is unknown, get vaccinated with Prevnar-20. Additionally, the CDC has recommended that adults between the ages of 19 and 64 who have certain underlying health conditions or risk factors (alcoholism, chronic heart/liver/lung disease, smoking, diabetes mellitus, chronic renal failure, nephrotic syndrome , immunodeficiency, iatrogenic immunosuppression, generalized malignancy, human immunodeficiency virus, Hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, solid organ transplant, congenital or acquired asplenia, sickle cell disease or other hemoglobinopathies, CSF leak or cochlear implant ) receive the Prevnar-20 vaccine.

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For more information, contact Kara Davis with the Logan County Public Health Department at 217-735-2317. Public Health Clinic hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. For more information on LCDPH services, individuals can log on to their website at WWW.LCDPH. ORG.