Pneumonia is a lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection. Inflammation may affect both lungs. Each year in the United States, about 1 million people have to seek care in a hospital due to pneumonia. Pneumococcal disease is common in young children, but older adults are at greatest risk of serious illness and death. There are two kinds of vaccines that help prevent pneumococcal disease. This is why it is very important you get pneumonia vaccines. Consult your doctor to discuss vaccine options.
Who Should Get Pneumococcal Vaccines?
Doctors recommend pneumococcal vaccination for all children younger than 2 years old and all adults 65 years or older. In certain situations, other children and adults should also get pneumococcal vaccines.