Pneumonia Immunizations

Pneumonia is an infection caused by bacteria and causes blood infections, pneumonia, meningitis and otitis media.  Pneumococcal bacteria are spread by coughing, sneezing or from person to person through close contact. 

Pneumonia Signs & Symptoms  

The symptoms of pneumococcal pneumonia include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain.

The symptoms of pneumococcal meningitis include stiff neck, fever, mental confusion and disorientation, and visual sensitivity to light (photophobia).

The symptoms of pneumococcal bacteremia (a bloodstream infection) may be similar to some of the symptoms of pneumonia and meningitis, along with joint pain and chills.

The symptoms of otitis media (middle ear infection) typically include a painful ear, a red or swollen eardrum, and sometimes sleeplessness, fever and irritability.

Pneumonia Immunization Recommendations  

Pneumococcal vaccine is very good at preventing severe disease, hospitalization, and death. However it is not guaranteed to prevent infection and symptoms in all people.

Immunization is recommended for:

  • All adults 65 years of age and older.
  • Anyone 2 through 64 years of age who has a long-term health problem
  • Anyone 2 through 64 years of age who has a disease or condition that lowers the body’s resistance to infection
  • Anyone 2 through 64 years of age who is taking a drug or treatment that lowers the body’s resistance to infection
  • Any adult 19 through 64 years of age who is a smoker or has asthma.
  • Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities.

Pneumonia Links & Resources  

The links provided below offer more information about Pneumonia and Pneumonia immunizations.

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