What are the pneumococcal vaccines?
Immunizations that protect against any type of infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. The most common infections caused by S. pneumoniae are pneumonia, meningitis, and blood infection.1
Why you should receive pneumococcal vaccination?
S. pneumoniae is transmitted between people by airborne respirations and direct contact. These infections have significant death rates, causing an estimated 4,000 deaths annually in the United States.2 Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common infection caused by S. pneumoniae. Pneumonia caused by pneumonococcal bacteria has a high health care cost, causing about 175,000 hospitalizations each year.3 Multiple studies have shown that vaccinated patients with pneumococcal pneumonia experience fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, decreased need for admission to intensive care units, and lower death rates.4-6
Who should receive pneumococcal vaccines?
CDC recommends vaccination with Prevnar 13TM for:
CDC recommends vaccination with Pneumovax 23TM for:
Who Should Not Receive Pneumococcal Vaccination?1
What are Possible Side Effects of the Pneumococcal Vaccinations?1
What to Do Next?