According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Each year in the United States, pneumococcal disease kills thousands of adults. Thousands more end up in the hospital because of pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal disease can cause severe infections of the lungs, bloodstream, and lining of the brain and spinal cord. The best way to prevent pneumococcal disease is by getting vaccinated
What is Pneumococcal Disease?
Pneumococcal disease or Pneumonia is an infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, also known as pneumococcus. Pneumococcal bacteria can cause many types of illnesses that range from mild to very severe. When pneumococcal bacteria spread from the nose and throat to ears or sinuses, it generally causes mild infections. When the bacteria spread into other parts of the body, it can lead to severe health problems such pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis. These illnesses can be life threatening, especially for adults 65 years or older, people with chronic health conditions, and people whose immune systems are weakened by disease or medicine (immunocompromised). Pneumococcal disease can lead to disabilities like deafness, brain damage, or loss of arms or legs.