Pneumococcal disease can cause serious infections in the lungs (pneumonia), the bloodstream (bacteremia), and the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).
Two vaccines help prevent pneumococcal disease:
- Pneumoconjugate 13 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
- Pneumococcal 23 (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine)
Vaccination is indicated in the following cases:
- Active immunization for the prevention of invasive disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae in adults 65 years of age and older.
- *Two pneumococcal vaccines are recommended for all adults 65 years of age or older.
*One dose of Pneumococcal 13 vaccine should be given first, followed by one dose of Pneumococcal 23 vaccine, depending on your age and health.