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 3,600 people in the United States in 2017.

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2. Anyone can get pneumococcal disease.

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  • 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.

PCV13
  • 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.

PPSV23
  • 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: November 21, 2019