Heart Disease is a Risk Factor for Pneumococcal Disease


Heart disease includes heart failure and
coronary vascular disease, which can
lead to chest pain or a heart attack. This
chronic condition can make fighting off
certain infections difficult — increasing
your risk for pneumococcal disease.

Learn how to lower your risk for pneumococcal disease here.


Heart disease increases your risk* for
pneumococcal disease.


Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) can cause diseases affecting the lungs, bloodstream,
and brain. Heart disease can lower your immunity and increase your risk for pneumococcal disease, which includes pneumococcal pneumonia, pneumococcal bacteremia, and pneumococcal meningitis.

Heart Disease 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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