Pneumococcal Disease


     
    Pneumococcal disease is a leading cause of serious illness throughout the world. It is caused by a common type of bacteriapneumococcuswhich can attack different parts of the body. Illnesses caused by pneumococcus include pneumonia, meningitis, middle ear and sinus infections, and a condition called sepsis, which is an infection of the bloodstream.

It is estimated that about one million US adults get pneumococcal pneumonia each year, as many as 400,000 hospitalizations from pneumococcal pneumonia occur annually in the US, and about 5-7% of those who are hospitalized from it will die. The death rate is even higher in those age 65 years and older. Fewer people will get pneumococcal meningitis or bloodstream infection, but the mortality rate for these infections is even higher. 
 
Vaccines are available and are recommended for routine use in children, adults age 65 years and older, and adults age 19 to 64 years with certain risk conditions. Still, many of those indicated have not been vaccinated against pneumococcal disease.  

NFID is committed to providing education about pneumococcal disease. Talk to a healthcare professional about pneumococcal vaccination. 

Learn more about pneumococcal disease and vaccines to prevent it in adolescents at adolescentvaccination.org and in adults at adultvaccination.org, along with resources developed to increase adult pneumococcal vaccination rates.

Resources

Adolescent Vaccination Recommendations: Pneumococcal

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Enfermedad neumocócica - Informacion para los padres

Pneumococcal disease information in Spanish for parents from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Gift of Health Campaign

NFID shareable visuals to help convey important prevention messages around the Holidays

Immunization Action Coalition

Pneumococcal Disease (PCV)

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine: What a Parent Needs to Know

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Pneumococcal Disease Fact Sheet for Media

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Pneumococcal Disease Facts for Consumers

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Pneumococcal Disease Myths and Facts for Consumers

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Pneumococcal Disease Professional Practice Toolkit

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Pneumococcal Disease Public Service Announcement

Learn about the burden of pneumococcal disease in the US and the importance of being fully vaccinated to help prevent the disease [2016]

Pneumococcal Disease Radio Public Service Announcement

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID): 2012 Radio Public Service Announcement (30 seconds)

Pneumococcal Infographic

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

Pneumoccocal Vaccination

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Pneumococcal Vaccination Recommendations by Age and/or Risk Factors

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC): Vaccination recommendations for those wtih underlying medical conditions or other risk factors