Adults 65 and Older Risk for Pneumococcal Disease


As you get older, your immune system weakens, and makes you more vulnerable to infections. A weakened immune system can increase your risk for pneumococcal disease, which can affect your lungs, bloodstream, and coverings of the brain and spinal cord.

Learn how to lower your risk for pneumococcal disease here.


Your age can be a risk factor for
pneumococcal disease.


As you get older, your immune system weakens, making you more vulnerable to pneumococcal disease. That includes pneumococcal pneumonia, pneumococcal bacteremia, and pneumococcal meningitis.

Healthy adults 65 years and older have ~2X the risk for
pneumococcal disease compared to healthy adults
50 to 64 years of age.

Diabetes is a Risk Factor for Pneumococcal Disease

If you’re in this age group, ask your health care professional about PNEUMOVAX 23. You can get PNEUMOVAX 23 at any time of the year to help lower your risk for pneumococcal disease. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn if pneumococcal vaccination is right for you.


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