Do you need a pneumonia vaccine?

Anyone can develop serious infections from many bacteria that cause pneumonia. Adults over the age of 65, children under 2 years of age, people living with chronic health conditions and cigarette smokers are at highest risk for complications of the disease which can be fatal. Pneumococcal infections are resistant to the antibiotics once used to treat them which makes prevention of the disease even more important.

There are now two types of pneumonia vaccines to provide protection from pneumococcal disease: PPSV23 and PCV13. Town Nurse Lisa White is holding on-going pneumonia clinics for residents who need either of these vaccines. The annual flu vaccine for all ages is also still available. Please contact Lisa directly to discuss your needs at 413-665-1400 x 114 or stop by her regular hours in the Community Room at Stoughton Place, 12 Main Rd. Gill from 9-11 AM on the second Friday of each month.

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