In this health video learn about flu and pneumonia vaccines and the myths that surround them..
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Male Speaker: Each year 36,000 people die from influenza. And another 40,000 die from Pneumococcal disease. But today vaccines can prevent many of those deaths. Carrie L. Yuan: Vaccines work by teaching your body how to respond to a disease or a virus, so that if your body is exposed to them, your body can respond by producing a lot of antibodies in the future. Male Speaker: The CDC recommends people at high risk get a flu shot every fall. Michele Weizer: The type of patients who need to get influenza vaccination include pediatric patients starting at age 6 months all the way up to 18 years of age. Then all people who are at least 50 years of age and older and then in addition to that group of patients, there is also what we would call immune compromised patients. Patients who have diseases like diabetes, asthma, pulmonary diseases and any other condition that might make them immune compromised. Male Speaker: Pregnant women and individuals living in nursing homes are long term care facilities are also at risk and should be vaccinated. Influenza vaccines can be administrated by injection or as a nasal spray. Children younger than two, people over 65 and those with chronic diseases or long-term health problems should also get a shot to prevent pneumonia. Typically both vaccines can be given at the same time in the fall, before people are more confined to the indoors during the winter. These vaccines are offered at work places, pharmacies, hospitals and doctors offices. And there are just one more way you can help keep yourself healthy.