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Pneumococcal Disease and Adults

Pneumococcal (noo-muh-kok-ul) disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumococcal disease can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infection (sepsis), or meningitis. The bacteria spread through coughing or sneezing, or through direct contact such as kissing. Pneumococcal infection kills tens of thousands of people in the US each year. Older people are most likely to die from pneumococcal disease, but younger adults with certain health conditions are also at increased risk for severe illness and death.

Additional Resources

Radio PSA on Adult Immunization

NFID radio PSAs featuring real people telling their stories about the potentially devastating consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of adult vaccination.