COPD is a Risk Factor for Pneumococcal Disease


COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease) is a condition that disrupts
the airflow to your lungs due to swelling
and blockage of your airways — putting
you at an increased risk for
pneumococcal disease.

Learn how to lower your risk for pneumococcal disease here.


COPD increases your risk* for pneumococcal disease.


A common bacterium called Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) may cause diseases that
can affect essential parts of the body, such as the lungs, bloodstream, and brain. COPD, which
includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is one of several underlying chronic medical
conditions that can greatly increase your risk for pneumococcal disease.

COPD is a Risk Factor for Pneumococcal Disease

*Compared to healthy adults of the same age.

You can get vaccinated against pneumococcal disease at any time during the year. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn if pneumococcal vaccination is right for you.


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