Joseph F. Sullivan Center
vaccine: prevents pneumococcal disease (pneumonia)
- This vaccine requires 1 to 3 doses. Everyone
should receive this vaccine if they are older than 65, and those at high risk
for developing pneumonia should receive it before age 65.
- What is
pneumococcal disease? A disease spread through bacteria from infected
person’s cough or sneeze. This bacteria can cause pneumonia infection in the
lungs, ear infections, sinus infections, meningitis and sepsis. Many people
have the pneumococcal bacteria in their mouth or nose without having any
symptoms, this is called being a carrier. Severe cases of pneumococcal disease
can lead to long term problems, like brain damage, hearing loss or loss of
limbs, and even death.
- Pneumococcal disease is the leading cause of vaccine preventable death in the U.S.
- Pneumococcal disease kills about 1 in every 20 people who contract the disease.
for the CDC Vaccine Information Statement about the Pneumococcal Vaccine