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Older African-Americans Should Find out if They Need to Be Vaccinated against 'Pneumococcal Pneumonia'


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ADULTS AGE-65-PLUS ARE AT INCREASED RISK FOR VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES--LIKE "PNEUMOCOCCAL PNEUMONIA"--BECAUSE OUR IMMUNE-SYSTEMS WEAKEN, AS WE AGE.  WORSE STILL, VACCINATION-RATES AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN ADULTS ARE LAGGING--LEAVING THEM AT GREATER RISK FOR VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES, LIKE FLU, SHINGLES, OR "PNEUMOCOCCAL PNEUMONIA".  FORMER SURGEON-GENERAL, DOCTOR REGINA BENJAMIN, EXPLAINS...

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AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM CERTAIN CHRONIC HEALTH-CONDITIONS--LEAVING US AT INCREASED RISK FOR CERTAIN VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES.  DESPITE THIS, FAR-FEWER OLDER AFRICAN-AMERICANS THAN THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS REPORT RECEIVING PREVENTIVE HEALTH-SERVICES--SUCH AS VACCINATIONS.  I URGE ALL AFRICAN-AMERICAN ADULTS AGE-65-PLUS TO KNOW THEIR RISKS--AND [TO] THINK PREVENTION:  MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET AND LIFESTYLE, WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY, AND TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR--TO ENSURE THAT YOU'RE UP-TO-DATE ON ALL YOUR VACCINATIONS."

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