Pneumococcal Vaccines

Many adults are at risk for pneumococcal disease (pneumonia). Learn more below and then talk to your healthcare provider to make sure you’re up to date on these and other recommended vaccines!

What is it?

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages.*

Why is it important?

Anyone can get pneumococcal disease, but some people are at increased risk. Being a certain age (over age 65) or having certain medical conditions (including people with diabetes, heart, lung, kidney disease, and people who use tobacco product) can increase a person’s risk for pneumococcal disease. Vaccines are the best way to prevent pneumococcal disease!*

What types of vaccine are there?

Two vaccines help to prevent pneumococcal disease:

  • PCV13 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) – Prevnar13
  • PPSV23 (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine) – Pneumovax23

PCV13 protects against 13 strains of pneumococcal bacteria and PPSV23 protects against 23 strains of pneumococcal bacteria.*

Who should get it?

The CDC recommends pneumococcal vaccination for all children younger than 2 years old and all adults 65 years or older. People age 2-64 with certain medical conditions also need pneumococcal vaccines. Talk to your healthcare provider today to discuss which vaccine is appropriate for you!*

How often should I get it?

The CDC recommends PCV13 for all infants, administered in a series of 4 doses (1 dose at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12-15 months), and recommends a one-time dose of PPSV23 for all adults 65 years or older. However, additional doses of PCV13 and/or PPSV23 are recommended for individuals with certain medical conditions. Talk with your healthcare provider to determine whether you should receive additional doses of the pneumococcal vaccine.*

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