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