My pharmacist recommended I get "pneumovax" against...

Question: 

My pharmacist recommended I get "pneumovax" against pneumonia. I am 68 and generally healthy except for chronic fatigue. I get colds easily, which tend to hold on. More info please

Answer: 

The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PNEUMOVAX® 23) protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria.  The vaccine is recommended for (and provided free to) people who are at high risk of getting sick from pneumococcal infections. This includes seniors 65 years and older.

You can find more information about this vaccine in the HealthLinkBC File: Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

If you have further questions about this vaccine, we recommend that you speak with your doctor, public health nurse or pharmacist.