Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine - what you need to know

All content below is taken in its entirety from the CDC Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine Information Statement (VIS):

CDC review information for Pneumococcal Polysaccharide VIS:

  • Page last reviewed: October 30, 2019
  • Page last updated: October 31, 2019
  • Issue date of VIS: October 30, 2019

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Pneumococcal vaccine

Pneumococcal vaccine is an immunization against Streptococcus pneumoniae, a bacterium that frequently causes meningitis and pneumonia in the elderly, and people with chronic illnesses. Pneumococcal pneumonia accounts for 10% to 25% of all pneumonias.