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Pneumonia vaccines available

November 15, 2004

Valdosta - If you weren't one of the lucky ones to get a flu shot, you can still protect yourself.

Most health departments have plenty of pneumonia vaccines. Pneumonia is the most common complication of the flu, and even without a flu vaccination, having a pneumonia shot will offer some protection against sickness.

"The flu season usually peaks in January and February, so by going ahead now and having the pneumonia vaccine, it will help you go ahead and build up some resistance prior to the flue season beginning and just help you with those complications that may be a part of the flu," said Jennifer Steedley.

Pneumonia causes 20,000 to 40,000 deaths in the United States every year.

posted at 3:35 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com

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