Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Pneumococcal pneumonia can be serious and symptoms can last for weeks.

Pneumococcal pneumonia can put you in the hospital. In some cases, it can even lead to death.

Pneumococcal pneumonia is not a cold or the flu. It’s an illness that is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a common bacteria that can spread through the air from a cough or a sneeze or from close contact with an infected person.

Pneumococcal pneumonia symptoms appear quickly and can be severe. For some people, certain symptoms like cough and fatigue can last for weeks or longer—even after treatment with antibiotics.

Many people dismiss pneumonia as an illness that only the elderly or sick people get in the hospital. That’s not always true. Pneumococcal pneumonia can occur in otherwise healthy people outside of hospital or health care settings. And even people as young as 50 may be at increased risk.

Symptoms are distinct, can appear quickly, and may include:

  • Chest pain with difficulty breathing
  • A high fever, shaking chills
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • A cough with phlegm that persists or gets worse

Am I at Risk?

Am I at Risk?

Fifty or older? You may be at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia.

Age and risk are related.


As you get older, your immune system can’t respond as quickly to infection. That’s because your body produces fewer of the cells and antibodies it needs to defend you against infections such as pneumococcal disease.
Other factors like your lifestyle and certain chronic health conditions could also increase your risk for developing pneumococcal pneumonia and may make the disease worse. Even otherwise healthy people as young as 50 are at increased risk.
If you’re 50 or older, ask your doctor or pharmacist about the PREVNAR 13® vaccine.
According to the CDC, up to 70% of healthy adults are carrying S pneumoniae bacteria at any given time.

Hear from someone who had the disease.

“It wasn’t until I had been in the hospital a number of days that I realized how serious pneumococcal pneumonia could be.”
One dose of the PREVNAR 13® vaccine can help protect you from pneumococcal pneumonia.
  • Your immune system is a complex network of cells that work together to protect you from infection.

  • As you get older, your immune system isn't able to respond as quickly to infection as it did when you were younger.

  • As you age, your body produces fewer of the cells and antibodies necessary to rapidly defend yourself against an invasive threat such as pneumococcal disease.

  • Even otherwise healthy people as young as 50 are at increased risk.


About Prevnar 13<sup>®</sup>
About Prevnar 13®

One dose of PREVNAR 13® can help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia.

As you age, you take extra steps, like eating right and exercising, to help prevent disease. If you’re 50 or older,
 take one more step. Help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia with PREVNAR 13®.

65 or older? The CDC recommends PREVNAR 13®.

The CDC recommends that adults 65 or older receive the PREVNAR 13® vaccine to help protect against pneumococcal disease.
The PREVNAR 13® (Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine [Diphtheria CRM197 Protein]) vaccine is a single injection approved for adults 18 and older to help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia and invasive disease
 caused by 13 strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae.
PREVNAR 13® is not 100% effective and will only help protect against the 13 strains included in the vaccine.

PREVNAR 13® may be available at no cost to you.

  • If you’re 65 or older, PREVNAR 13® may be covered by Medicare Part B with $0 out-of-pocket cost.
  • If you’re between the ages of 50 and 64, check with your insurance provider.
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Find Prevnar 13<sup>®</sup>

Find Prevnar 13®

How to find the PREVNAR 13® vaccine near you.

PREVNAR 13® is given by a doctor or pharmacist. And you don’t need a prescription. Simply enter your location below to find a pharmacy near you that carries the PREVNAR 13® vaccine. PREVNAR 13® is stocked by a number of pharmacies nationwide.
If you're a pharmacy and would like to add, edit, or delete your information, please call 866-925-2826.

Side Effects

Side Effects

What you should know about the side effects of PREVNAR 13®.

Because PREVNAR 13® is given by injection, the most common side effects reported in clinical trials were injection site reactions: redness, swelling, pain at the injection site, and limitation of arm movement.
Other side effects include:
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • decreased appetite
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • chills
  • rash
PREVNAR 13® should not be given to anyone with a severe allergic reaction to any component of PREVNAR 13® or any diphtheria toxoid–containing vaccine. Adults with weakened immune systems (eg, HIV infection, leukemia) may have a reduced immune response. In adults, immune responses to PREVNAR 13® were reduced when given with injected seasonal flu vaccine.
If you experience any side effects related to the vaccination, you should report them to your health care provider. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of vaccines to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit www.vaers.hhs.gov or call 1-800-822-7967.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about pneumococcal pneumonia and the PREVNAR 13® vaccine.