Pneumococcal pneumonia can be serious. It may be preventable.
Pneumococcal pneumonia can be serious. It's a bacterial illness that can be contagious and is responsible for as many as 302,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year. Pneumococcal pneumonia isn't like the common cold. Its symptoms can be severe and last for weeks—or months.
Many people dismiss pneumonia as an illness that elderly or sick people get in the hospital. It's not. The reality is that most cases of pneumonia in the United States are acquired while people are going about their daily lives. And even people as young as 50 are at increased risk.
If you're 50 or older, vaccination is an option that may help you prevent getting pneumococcal pneumonia in the first place.
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Prevnar 13® is a vaccine for use in adults 50 and over.
Delivered by injection in a single dose in adults 50 years of age and older,