Pneumococcal disease is associated with substantial illness and death. 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.
Invasive pneumococcal disease, which includes meningitis and sepsis, is less common (tens of thousands of cases annually) but death rates are higher and can be 20-25% or more in those over the age of 65 years. Despite vaccination recommendations to help protect at-risk adults, vaccination rates remain low.
To help raise awareness about the burden of pneumococcal disease and the importance of prevention through vaccination, NFID has developed resources to educate healthcare professionals and consumers about the importance of pneumococcal prevention.
What you should know about pneumococcal disease
Share these #GiftOfHealth memes on influenza and pneumococcal disease to remind friends and family to #GetVaccinated and stay healthy this holiday season!
All adults age 65 years and older should receive pneumococcal vaccine, as should younger adults with certain conditions
What do they all have in common? Adults living with certain chronic health conditions are all at increased risk for a serious infection called pneumococcal disease