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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 3/9/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone......I just went this past week for my 3 month checkup and bloodwork......thankfully everything was doctor gave me a pnemonia shot he said it is recommened for all diabetics.......I had never heard of it.....was wondering if any of you have or had gottenthis shot..........just curious.......thanks

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 3/9/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Noplainjane, When I went to my first appointment with my new endo, she had me do the same thing. She said it was actually good for 5 years if you were under either 60 or 65...can't remember which. She said that it won't necessarily prevent pneumonia but would greatly lessen the symptoms. I did get a nice sore bump from it though. What I didn't know was that my insurance didn't cover it. Next time I will check out the pharmacy price. :)
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   Posted 3/10/2008 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I almost died from pneumonia several years back... and I fully understand why they call it the "old man's friend". I actually didn't care if I took my next breath, I was so tired, and it took over a year for me to fully recover. That being said, when they developed the pneumonia vaccine I was first in line to get my shot. DON'T EVER WANT TO REVISIT THAT DEGREE OF ILLNESS AGAIN!!! (at least until it's my time to go!) For the amount of protection it gives, pro-rated over the five plus years of coverage it's a very good deal. I don't have insurance at all but would still get the shot even if it were $100 or more.

(IMHO) Anyone with a chronic disease like diabetes, hypertension, etc. should cover their fannies with both flu and pneumonia vaccines. Just helps us beat the odds.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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