Pneumococcal Vaccine

Who should get a the pneumococcal vaccine?

  • All infants & children younger than 2 years old
  • People with compromised immune systems
  • Adults 65 years and older

Why get the pneumococcal vaccine?

Pneumococcal disease, or pneumococcus, is caused by the streptococcus pneumonia bacteria and can cause many types of infections. Most pneumococcal infections are mild; however, some can be deadly or result in long-term problems. The best way to protect against pneumococcal disease is by getting vaccinated.

  • Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, rapid or difficulty breathing, and chest pain. Older adults may experience confusion or low alertness. An estimated 150,000 U.S. adults are hospitalized with pneumococcal pneumonia each year.
  • Meningitis is a serious infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms can include stiff neck, fever, headaches, light sensitivity, and confusion. Pneumococcal meningitis can be deadly, and those who survive can suffer from devastating health problems like hearing loss, seizures, blindness, and paralysis.
  • Bacteremia is a serious infection of the blood and symptoms include fever, chills, and low alertness. Pneumococcal bacteremia can be deadly and treatment requires hospitalization and weeks or months of recovery.
  • Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. Complications of sepsis can lead to kidney failure and damage to the brain, lungs, or heart.
  • Otitis Media is an infection of the middle ear. Ear infections are usually mild and are more common than the more severe forms of pneumococcal disease.
  • Sinusitis is an infection of the sinuses. Complications are rare, but can include infection of the tissue surrounding the eyes, bone infection, and a painful abscess.

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*Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Learn more about pneumococcal disease and the pneumococcal vaccine at