14 Aug 2018

Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal disease is caused by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria.

Pneumococcal disease can lead to serious infections of the:

  • Lungs (pneumonia),
  • Blood (bacteremia), and
  • Covering of the brain (meningitis).

Pneumococcal pneumonia kills about 1 out of 20 people who get it.

Who should get vaccinated?

  • Anyone 2 through 64 years of age who has a long-term health problem such as – disease – lung disease – sickle cell disease – diabetes – alcoholism – cirrhosis – leaks of cerebrospinal fluid or cochlear implant.
  • Anyone 2 through 64 years of age who has a disease or condition that lowers the body’s resistance to infection, such as lymphoma or leukemia – kidney failure – nephrotic syndrome – HIV infection or AIDS – damaged spleen, or no spleen organ transplant.
  • Anyone 2 through 64 years of age who is taking drug or treatment that lowers the body’s resistance to infection, such as long-term steroids – certain cancer drugs – radiation therapy.
  • Any adult 19 through 64 years of age who is a smoker – has asthma.
  • All adults 65 years of age and older.

Visit ASRA to get yourself Vaccinated.

 

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