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Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Pneumococcal pneumonia can be serious and symptoms can last for weeks.

Pneumococcal pneumonia can put you in the hospital. In some cases, it can even lead to death.

Pneumococcal pneumonia is not a cold or the flu. It’s an illness that is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a common bacteria that can be spread from person to person through a cough or touch. These bacteria can cause part of the lung to become inflamed and fill up with mucus, making it harder to breathe.

Pneumococcal pneumonia is not a cold or the flu. It’s an illness that is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a common bacteria that can be spread from person to person through a cough or touch. These bacteria can cause part of the lung to become inflamed and fill up with mucus, making it harder to breathe.

Pneumococcal pneumonia symptoms can appear quickly and can be severe. For some people, certain symptoms like cough and fatigue can last for weeks or longer—even after treatment with antibiotics.

Many people think of pneumonia as an illness that only the elderly or sick people get in the hospital. That’s not always true. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a bacterial lung infection you can catch anywhere, anytime. Even healthy adults 65 or older are at increased risk.

 

Symptoms are distinct, can appear quickly, and may include:

Am I at Risk?

Am I at Risk?
Am I at Risk

65 or older? Even if you’re active and healthy, your age may put you at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia.

Age and risk are related.

As you get older, your immune system can’t respond as quickly to infection. That’s because over time, your immune system weakens and makes it more difficult for your body to defend you against pneumococcal disease.
 
Even if you lead an active and healthy life, after age 65, the risk of being hospitalized after getting pneumococcal pneumonia is 13X greater than younger adults aged 18 to 49.
 
Other factors like lifestyle and certain chronic conditions like COPD, asthma, heart disease and diabetes, could increase the risk for catching pneumococcal pneumonia even more.
 

If you’re 65 or older, ask your doctor or pharmacist about the PREVNAR 13® vaccine.

 

Hear from someone who had the disease.

“It wasn’t until I had been in the hospital a number of days that I realized how serious pneumococcal pneumonia could be.”
“It wasn’t until I had been in the hospital a number of days that I realized how serious pneumococcal pneumonia could be.”
 
One dose of the PREVNAR 13® vaccine can help protect you from potentially serious pneumococcal pneumonia.
  • Your immune system is a complex network of cells that work together to protect you from infection.

  • As you get older, your immune system isn't able to respond as quickly to infection as it did when you were younger.

  • As you age, your body produces fewer of the cells and antibodies necessary to rapidly defend yourself against an invasive threat such as pneumococcal disease.

  • Even otherwise healthy people as young as 50 are at increased risk.

 

About Prevnar 13®
About Prevnar

One dose of PREVNAR 13® can help prevent potentially serious pneumococcal pneumonia.

About Prevnar 13<sup>®</sup>
As you age, you take extra steps, like eating right and exercising, to help prevent disease. But even if you take good care of yourself, if you’re 65 or older, take one more step. Help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia with PREVNAR 13®.
 

65 or older? The CDC recommends PREVNAR 13®.

 
As you age, you take extra steps, like eating right and exercising, to help prevent disease. But even if you take good care of yourself, if you’re 65 or older, take one more step. Help protect yourself against pneumococcal pneumonia with PREVNAR 13®.
 

65 or older? The CDC recommends PREVNAR 13®.

 
The CDC recommends that adults 65 or older receive the PREVNAR 13® vaccine to help protect against pneumococcal disease.
 
PREVNAR 13® is a vaccine approved for adults 18 years of age and older for the prevention of pneumococcal pneumonia and invasive disease caused by the 13 Streptococcus pneumoniae strains included in the vaccine.
 
PREVNAR 13® is not 100% effective and will only help protect against the 13 strains included in the vaccine.
 
 
 

PREVNAR 13® may be available at no cost to you.

  • If you’re 65 or older, PREVNAR 13® may be covered by Medicare Part B with $0 out-of-pocket cost.
  • If you're an adult under 65, check with your insurance provider.
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Find Prevnar 13<sup>®</sup>

Find Prevnar 13®
Find Prevnar 13

How to find the PREVNAR 13® vaccine near you.

PREVNAR 13® is given by a doctor or pharmacist. And you don’t need a prescription. Simply enter your location below to find a pharmacy near you that carries the PREVNAR 13® vaccine. PREVNAR 13® is stocked by many pharmacies nationwide.
If you're a pharmacy and would like to add, edit, or delete your information, please call 866-925-2826.

Side Effects

Side Effects
Side Effects

What you should know about the side effects of PREVNAR 13®.

Because PREVNAR 13® is given by injection, the most common side effects reported in clinical trials were injection site reactions: redness, swelling, pain at the injection site, and limitation of arm movement.
 
Other side effects include:
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • decreased appetite
  • vomiting
  • fever
  • chills
  • rash
PREVNAR 13® should not be given to anyone with a severe allergic reaction to any component of PREVNAR 13® or any diphtheria toxoid–containing vaccine. Adults with weakened immune systems (eg, HIV infection, leukemia) may have a reduced immune response. In adults, immune responses to PREVNAR 13® were reduced when given with injected seasonal flu vaccine.
Patients should always ask their doctors for medical advice about adverse events. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of vaccines to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visit www.vaers.hhs.gov or call 1-800-822-7967.

FAQs

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about pneumococcal pneumonia and the PREVNAR 13® vaccine.