Pneumonia

Pneumococcal disease is caused by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. It is a leading cause of vaccine preventable illness and death in the United States. Anyone can get pneumococcal disease, but some people are at greater risk than others:

  • People 65 years and older
  • The very young
  • People with certain health problems
  • People with a weakened immune system
  • Smokers

Pneumococcal disease can lead to serious infections of the:

  • Lungs (pneumonia),
  • Blood (bacteremia), and
  • Covering of the brain (meningitis).

Pneumococcal pneumonia kills about 1 out of 20 people who get it. Bacteremia kills about 1 person in 5, and meningitis about 3 people in 10. Read more ยป

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/ppv.html