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Pneumonia (pneumococcal) vaccine

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Quick facts
Recommended for
Children, adults 19 – 64 with certain health conditions, and adults 65+
Varies by patient

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a lung disease caused by streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria that can infect the upper respiratory tract and spread to the blood, lungs, middle ear or nervous system. Pneumonia can be spread from person to person through close contact. According to the CDC, about 320,000 people get pneumococcal pneumonia each year, leading to over 150,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths annually, mostly among the elderly.

Anyone can get pneumococcal disease but children under 2 years of age, people with certain underlying medical conditions, adults ages 65+ and people who smoke cigarettes are particularly at risk. Some of the underlying medical conditions that put people at risk for pneumonia include: diabetes, chronic heart, lung, liver diseases or sickle cell anemia, asplenia and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Specific recommendations around who should receive the pneumonia vaccine—and recommended vaccine schedules—are below.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you believe you have a medical emergency, please call 911.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. Hall E., Wodi A.P., Hamborsky J., et al., eds. 14th ed. Washington, D.C. Public Health Foundation, 2021

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pneumococcal Vaccination: Summary of Who and When to Vaccinate. opens in a new tab Accessed: February 10, 2023.

Vaccine Preventable Adult Diseases | CDC opens in a new tab Accessed: February 10, 2023.