You can help prevent the spread of pneumonia by taking some simple hygiene precautions, which include but are not limited to:
- Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, particularly after touching your nose and mouth, and before handling food.
- Coughing and sneezing into a tissue, then throwing it away immediately and washing your hands.
- Not sharing cups or kitchen utensils with others.
There is also a pneumococcal vaccine that protects against Streptococcus pneumoniae, which is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia. Vaccination is recommended for babies, adults aged 65 or older, and children and adults with certain long-term health conditions, such as a serious heart or kidney condition.
The pediatric vaccine for pneumococcal pneumonia, Prevnar, is not produced from cell lines derived from aborted fetal tissue.
Determining whether a vaccine is moral or necessary can be tough, and our doctors are dedicated to promoting Catholic teaching and protecting unborn human life. Our physicians are happy to offer vaccine consultation from a Catholic perspective.