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 3,500 people in the United States in 2018.
2. Anyone can get pneumococcal disease.
- Young children and older adults are at increased risk compared to other age groups.
- Certain medical conditions put people at increased risk for pneumococcal disease.
3. CDC recommends two safe and effective pneumococcal vaccines.
- All children younger than 2 years old
- People 2 years or older with certain medical conditions
In addition, adults 65 years or older can discuss and decide, with their clinician, to receive PCV13.
- All adults 65 years or older
- People 2 through 64 years old with certain medical conditions
- Adults 19 through 64 years old who smoke cigarettes
Page last reviewed: August 6, 2021