First, for the young’uns: The term refers to pneumonia.
I was recently offered a vaccine for a range of bugs which can cause pneumonia.
As I am in failing health, I must confess, I have reservations about getting the second shot, which will take out another wide range of pneumonia-causing bugs.
Pneumonia is what finally killed my paternal grandmother. All I remember of her was a shrunken bag of wrinkles who smelled bad (I was 8 when she died - in our house).
In her case, it really was a kindness, ending what was a long downhill slide into dementia.
Q: Are these vaccines really a good idea? How certain can anyone be that they will never be one of those for whom pneumonia is a blessing?
For reference: I am male and have decided to ignore my prostate unless it develops symptoms. The risk of false positives resulting in harm and the risk of false negatives combine to make it a craps shoot - it seems that if I live long enough, I will develop prostate cancer. The odds also state that I will die with an undiagnosed prostate tumor, which will have nothing to do with my death.