Pneumococcal disease can cause pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis, and is a common and serious complication of flu.
The best way to protect against pneumococcal disease is through vaccination.
- All children younger than age 2 years should receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccination (PCV) series
- Children and adolescents age 2 years and older also need a polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) if they have any of the following:
- Lung, heart, liver, or kidney disease; asthma; diabetes; or sickle cell disease
- Conditions that weaken the immune system, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, or damaged/absent spleen
- Cochlear implants or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks
Learn about the burden of pneumococcal disease in the US and the importance of being fully vaccinated to help prevent the disease