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 their patients about the importance of pneumococcal disease prevention.
Pneumococcal disease is associated with substantial illness and death. In the US, it is estimated that more than 150,000 hospitalizations from pneumococcal pneumonia occur each year, 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 age 65 years and older. Despite vaccination recommendations to help protect at-risk adults, vaccination rates remain below US public health goals.
Reviewed September 2020
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What you should know about pneumococcal disease