In a Letter to the Editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a senior citizen talks about his experiences of becoming a senior and the aches and pains that come with.
“At the age of 58, I was diagnosed with pneumonia three times in the same year – each time suffering from a high fever, cold, heavy chest and extreme fatigue,” wrote the senior.
Pneumococcal disease affects 18,000 adults aged 65 and older who die as a result of the sickness. As frightening as it was for the senior citizen to experience the symptoms that come with pneumonia, he received a vaccination shot. He notes that four years later, he has his active lifestyle back and has not had any symptoms of pneumonia.
As an advocate of the protection, he shares how the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is considering repealing the recommendation of the pneumococcal vaccinations for adults aged 65 and older in 2019. He is advocating for prevention when it comes to St. Louis’ senior’s health and hopes that his story will make a difference.
“Senior citizens are a vital component of the St. Louis community – through volunteer efforts, financial contributions, political activism and more. Of course, this can only be the case when they are healthy,” wrote the senior.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the pneumococcal vaccine is for individuals who are at high risk for developing the disease and receiving this vaccine can prevent serious illness.
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