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About 1 out of every 20 people who get pneumococcal pneumonia dies from it.

Pneumococcal vaccine protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

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Pneumonia Can Be Prevented—Vaccines Can Help

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Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, needlessly affects millions of people worldwide each year. Pneumonia infections can often be prevented and can usually be treated.

Globally, pneumonia kills nearly 1 million children younger than 5 years of age each year. This is greater than the number of deaths from any infectious disease, such as HIV infection, malaria or tuberculosis.

Pneumonia isn't just a public health issue in developing countries though. For example, each year in the United States, about 1 million people are hospitalized with pneumonia, and about 50,000 people die from the disease. Most of the hospitalizations and deaths from pneumonia in the United States are in adults rather than in young children.

Many of these deaths—both globally and in the United States—are preventable through vaccination and appropriate treatment (like antibiotics and antivirals).

New Pneumococcal Recommendations for 2014

CDC now recommends 2 pneumococcal vaccines for adults 65 years or older.
  • You should receive a dose of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) first, followed by a dose of the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23), ideally 6 to 12 months later.
  • If you've already received any doses of PPSV23, the dose of PCV13 should be given at least 1 year after receipt of the most recent PPSV23 dose.
  • If you've already received a dose of PCV13 at a younger age, another dose is not recommended.

Lower Your Risk with Vaccines

In the United States, there are several vaccines that prevent infection by bacteria or viruses that may cause pneumonia:
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Measles
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
These vaccines are safe, but side effects can occur. Most side effects are mild or moderate, meaning they do not affect daily activities. See the vaccine information statements for each vaccine to learn more about the most common side effects.


  • Uinta County Public Health

    • Evanston 307-789-9203 or

    • Lyman 307-787-3800

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