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THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013, 9:34 A.M.

Pneumonia shot: Yay or nay?

Dr. Gary Kunkel arrives at the Utah State Capitol wearing a breathing mask Wednesday. (Associated Press)
Dr. Gary Kunkel arrives at the Utah State Capitol wearing a breathing mask Wednesday. (Associated Press)

In our family, infections and viruses seem to like our lungs, and we've had more than most cases of pneumonia, from the littlest ones to the oldest ones. (An 8-month-old in my extended family is now recovering from pneumonia.) So I didn't hesitate getting a pneumonia shot when it was offered during a flu shot clinic at the newspaper several years ago.

I was a bit on the youngish side when I had it (early 50s) but it looks like more people are opting for them now, especially those 65 and older, according to a report out today by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

The percentage of adults aged 65 years (and older) who had ever received a pneumococcal vaccination increased from 56.8 percent in 2000 to 66.5 percent in 2011 among non-Hispanic whites, from 30.5 percent in 2000 to 47.6 percent in 2011 among non-Hispanic blacks, and from 30.4 percent in 2000 to 43.1 percent in 2011 among Hispanics.

Have you had a pneumonia shot?

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