Submitted by the Bedford Health Department
Each year in the United States, about 18,000 adults 65 years or older die and thousands more end up in the hospital because of pneumococcal disease. The best way to prevent pneumococcal disease is by getting vaccinated.
Pneumococcal disease is caused by the Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria which can lead to serious infections of the lung (pneumonia), blood (bacteremia) and the covering of the brain (meningitis). The risk of getting Pneumococcal disease is significantly higher for adults 65 years of age and older. Younger people who have long-term health problems, diseases leading to a weakened immune system, or who are taking drugs or treatments that lower the body’s resistance to infection are also at risk. In addition, any adult who is a smoker or has asthma is recommended to receive the vaccine.
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