What is pneumonia?
A severe illness caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. It is the most common cause of bloodstream infections, pneumonia, meningitis and middle ear infections in young children. People who get pneumonia are at a higher risk for hospitalization and death.
What about the vaccine?
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria, including those most likely to cause serious disease. Once vaccinated, most healthy adults develop protection to most or all of these types within 2 to 3 weeks.
What does "No-cost with most insurance" mean?
Eligible patients will not pay any copayments unless otherwise required by their plan because most plans cover flu shots as a preventive service. This means you may not pay anything for your shot.
Who should get vaccinated?
The CDC recommendations are:
- All adults 65 and older
- All children younger than 5 years old
- Children 2 years or older who are at high risk of pneumococcal disease
- Anyone 19 or older with risk factors
Who should NOT get vaccinated or should wait?
- Anyone who has had a life-threatening allergic reaction to PPSV
- Anyone who has a severe allergy to any component or part of a pneumococcal vaccine
- Anyone who is moderately or severely ill when the shot is scheduled should wait until feeling better
- Pregnant women
What about side effects?
The most common side effect is redness or pain at the site of the vaccination. Fewer than 1% of those receiving the vaccine develop a fever, muscle aches or more severe local reactions.