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Pneumonia Shot

December 5, 2013, 6:23 PM by Brittany Larson

Pneumonia Shot
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

As a volunteer at the Avera McKennan Hospital, Dick Grosz has a lot of experience helping others. When it comes to taking care of his own health, he follows doctor's orders. 

"The pneumonia shot is one the doctor recommended I have, so I agreed with that. It's a preventative thing, so why not? The doctor gave me the shot and it all went well. I haven't had pneumonia," Avera Mckennan Volunteer, Dick Grosz said.

Grosz received his shot a few years ago during a routine check-up.

"I was past 65 years old and once you get the shot after that I was told you don't need to get it again," Grosz said.

Health experts say a pneumonia infection is the leading cause of serious illness. It's recommended those older than 65 get the shot because that age group tends to have a harder time fighting off diseases. 

"With age, their immune system is not as potent as it used to be, so we would like to take all the precautions necessary to prevent any diseases or infections at that age group," Dr. Emad Beshai said.

Research shows that the vaccine is the best way to prevent a potentially harmful infection.

"There is a type of pneumonia occurs secondary to bacteria, called streppneomo. That strain of bacteria is developing resistance to multiple antibiotics. So consequently this is very difficult to treat and the outcome can be poor," Dr. Emad Beshia said.

Grosz didn't have any complications after receiving the shot.

"I haven't had a problem getting the shot and I haven't heard of people having a reaction to it. So I did it and evidently it must have worked," Grosz said.

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