Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) mostly affects young children, adults 65 and older, and those with impaired immune systems or health conditions (such as heart and lung disease or HIV).2,3
- Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death, with adults 55 and older accounting for the majority of cases.14
- Pneumococcal infections are becoming more difficult to treat as bacteria become resistant to some of the most commonly used antibiotics.2
- The pneumococcal vaccine prevents serious blood, brain and lung infections caused by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. It can also protect against heart attacks caused by pneumonia.2,6,13
Be proactive. Ask your doctor about the pneumococcal vaccine if you’re 65 or older, have a lung or heart condition, or conditions that affect your immune system.
Vaccinations not only protect you, but the people around you as well. If you’re protected, you can help protect others.