Fast Facts You Need to Know about Pneumococcal Disease
1. Pneumococcal disease can be very serious.
- Pneumococcal pneumonia causes an estimated 150,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States.
- Pneumococcal meningitis and bacteremia killed approximately 3,250 people in the United States in 2019.
2. Anyone can get pneumococcal disease.
- Young children and older adults are at increased risk compared to other age groups.
- Certain medical conditions and other risk factors put people at increased risk for pneumococcal disease.
3. CDC recommends safe and effective pneumococcal vaccines for children and adults.
All children younger than 5 years old and children 5 through 18 years old with certain medical conditions that increase their risk of pneumococcal disease should receive PCV13 or PCV15.
Children 2 through 18 years old with certain medical conditions should also receive PPSV23.
Adults who have never received a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine should receive PCV15 or PCV20 if they
- Are 65 years or older
- Are 19 through 64 years old and have certain medical conditions or other risk factors
If PCV15 is used, it should be followed by a dose of PPSV23.