WHAT IS PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE?

Pneumococcal disease is caused by a bacteria. It can cause a number of illnesses like pneumococcal pneumonia (an infection of the lungs), pneumococcal bacteremia (an infection of the blood), and pneumococcal meningitis (an infection of the coverings of the brain and spinal cord).

PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE INCLUDES SERIOUS ILLNESSES

Anyone can get pneumococcal disease, but your risk is greater if you are 65 years or older or if you have certain chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

 Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Pneumococcal Pneumonia

 Pneumococcal Bacteremia

Pneumococcal Bacteremia

 Pneumococcal Meningitis

Pneumococcal Meningitis

PNEUMOCOCCAL BACTERIA CAN SPREAD ANYWHERE, ANYTIME

It can be spread from someone healthy or sick—through coughing, sneezing, and close contact with others.

Infection can occur any time of year but is more common during winter and early spring.

Pneumococcal infections can strike quickly and without warning, and symptoms are not the same for everyone.

Pneumococcal Pneumonia Is an Infection of the Lungs and Is the Most Common Form of Pneumococcal Disease in Adults

pneumococcal pneumonia

is an infection of the lungs. While the cause of pneumonia isn’t always pneumococcal bacteria, it is a common cause. Pneumococcal pneumonia is serious and should not be ignored.

  • Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common form of pneumococcal disease in adults.
  • It is an infection that you can get going about your daily routine and can appear suddenly.
  • It can lead to breathing problems.

Every year, about

150,000

adults are hospitalized with this type of pneumonia in the United States. In some cases, it can even lead to death.

About

1 IN 4 PATIENTS

with pneumococcal pneumonia will develop pneumococcal bacteremia, which may lead to hospitalization.

Pneumococcal Bacteremia Is an Infection of the Blood That Can Lead To Low Blood Pressure, Which May Damage Vital Organs Like the Kidneys and the Heart

PNEUMOCOCCAL BACTEREMIA

is an infection of the blood. It can lead to low blood pressure, which may damage vital organs like the kidneys and the heart. This is also known as septic shock.

Pneumococcal Meningitis Is a Rare But Serious Infection of the Coverings of the Brain and Spinal Cord

PNEUMOCOCCAL MENINGITIS

is a rare but serious infection of the coverings of the brain and spinal cord.

People who have

MENINGITIS

may face long-term complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, and seizures.

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*COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 
Ask Your Health Care Provider if PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) Is Right for You

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Important Safety Information

PNEUMOVAX 23 may not protect everyone who gets it. It will not protect against diseases that are caused by bacteria types that are not in the vaccine.

You should not get PNEUMOVAX 23 if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, had an allergic reaction to PNEUMOVAX 23 in the past, or are less than 2 years of age.

Before getting PNEUMOVAX 23, tell your health care professional if you or your child are allergic to the vaccine, have heart or lung problems, have a fever, have immune problems, or are receiving radiation treatment or chemotherapy, are pregnant or breastfeeding.

PNEUMOVAX 23 may not prevent pneumococcal meningitis in patients with leakage of spinal fluid caused by a cracked or injured skull or a medical operation.

Talk to your health care professional if you plan to get ZOSTAVAX® (Zoster Vaccine Live) at the same time as PNEUMOVAX 23 because it may be better to get these vaccines at least 4 weeks apart. Also talk to your health care professional if you plan to get PNEUMOVAX 23 at the same time as other vaccines.

The most common side effects of PNEUMOVAX 23 are: pain, warmth, soreness, redness, swelling, and hardening at the injection site, headache, weakness and feeling tired, and muscle pain. Tell your health care professional or get help right away if you have any of the following problems, which may be signs of an allergic reaction: difficulty breathing, wheezing, rash, hives.

Side effects at the site where you get the shot may be more common and may feel worse after a second shot than after the first shot. Tell your health care professional if you or your child has a side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

If you would like more information about PNEUMOVAX 23, talk to your health care professional.

Please read the accompanying Patient Information for PNEUMOVAX 23 and discuss it with your health care professional. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.