The Maryland State Health department and your county Health department are urging people 65 years of age and over to be sure they have received their pneumonia shot. It may be given at the same time as the flu shot.
The shot protects against a type of pneumonia that causes about 40,000 deaths a year in the United States. Senior citizens are one group of people most affected by this form of pneumonia.
The pneumonia shot should provide protection for at least five years.
Senior citizens should contact their physician or local health department for more information about this important vaccine.