You Could Be at Increased Risk for Developing Pneumococcal Disease

What is pneumococcal disease?

Pneumococcal infection can result in different types of diseases, including:

  • Pneumonia (noo-moh-nyah): Infection in the lungs
  • Bacteremia (bak-tuh-ree-mee-uh): Infection in the blood
  • Meningitis (men-in-ji-tis): Infection in the lining of the brain and spinal cord

Who is at risk?

  • The risk of pneumococcal disease increases for those 50 and over.
  • Certain medical conditions also can increase the risk of developing invasive pneumococcal disease:
    • Diabetes
    • Chronic heart disease
    • Chronic lung disease
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk for pneumococcal disease also increases for people with any of the following health problems:
    • Chronic, severe kidney disease
    • Chronic liver disease

Pneumococcal disease can be serious

  • Pneumococcal disease is caused by common bacteria that can spread when infected people sneeze or cough. In some cases, the bacteria may travel throughout your body causing infections that can make you very sick.
  • Pneumococcal disease can lead to hospitalization and, in rare cases, may even cause death.

Talk to your health care provider about your specific risk.

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