Pneumococcal vaccines are the
best way to prevent pneumococcal disease, which can be life-threatening. This
disease is common in young children, but older adults are at greatest risk for
serious illness and death.
Pneumococcal vaccines are safe
and work well. They are given as shots (injections). This can be done at your
healthcare provider's office or a health clinic. Pharmacies, senior centers, and
workplaces often offer vaccines, too.
The CDC recommends pneumococcal
vaccines for all children younger than 5 years old and all adults 65 years and
older. In some cases, other children and adults should also get the vaccines. The
specific vaccine advised depends on your age and situation. Your healthcare provider
can help you know which vaccine is best for you.
Two types of vaccines are
available to protect against pneumococcal disease:
. There are 3 different PCV vaccines: PCV13, PCV15,
. PPSV23 protects against 23 types of bacteria that
cause pneumococcal bacteria.
Talk with your or your child’s healthcare provider about what is
best for your specific situation.