Joseph F. Sullivan Center

Pneumococcal Disease

Pneumococcal 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.
Click here for the CDC Vaccine Information Statement about the Pneumococcal Vaccine