Flu and Pneumonia Vaccines

October 15, 2014


 Most public health authorities recommend that all persons who work  or have worked around dusts and/or chemicals such asbestosis should receive a “flu shot”, unless otherwise contraindicated. The risk of getting sick or dying from the flu is much higher in those people who do not receive a “flu shot.”

 Additionally, most persons in these categories should also be vaccinated against pneumonia, unless otherwise contraindicated.

 These simple vaccinations can often be obtained at  a pharmacy.

 You should speak with your healthcare provider immediately about  being protected against “the flu” and pneumonia.

 Michael Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP
Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan

St. John’s-Providence Hospital
Southfield, MI 48075