What is pneumococcal disease?

Pneumococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that can spread from person to person through close contact.  It can lead to severe complications, including pneumonia, blood infections, and meningitis.  Meningitis is an infection of the covering of the brain and the spinal cord.

Why get vaccinated?

Many people who get the disease die from it, and many other are affected for life.  This is why prevention through vaccination is important.

Who should get vaccinated?

  • Children < 2 years of age
  • People > 65 years of age
  • People with certain health conditions
  • People with a weakened immune system
  • People who smoke

What do you need to know about the
pneumococcal vaccine?

There are two pneumococcal vaccines:
  1. The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-13)
  2. The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV-23)

The PCV-13 vaccine is routinely given to children at 2,4,6 and 12-15 months of age.  It may also be recommended for older children or adults.  The PPSV-23 vaccine may be given to some children and adults, including anyone > 65 years of age.

How can you learn more?

  • Please feel free to speak with one of our pharmacists
  •  Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent ion (CDC):
    o Call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) or
    o Visit CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov