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Pneumococcal Pneumonia

There are many types of pneumonia, and the most common type of bacterial pneumonia is called pneumococcal pneumonia.  Pneumococcal pneumonia is caused by bacteria that live in the upper respiratory tract, and can be spread through coughing.

Common symptoms of pneumococcal pneumonia include high fever, excessive sweating and shaking chills, coughing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and chest pain. Certain symptoms, such as cough and fatigue, can appear without warning and may last for weeks, or longer. In severe cases, it can even put you in the hospital and sometimes lead to death.

If you’re 65 and older, even if you're healthy and active and take good care of yourself, you could be at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia.  Some risk factors, including smoking, and chronic conditions such as COPD, asthma, and diabetes, may also increase your risk for pneumococcal pneumonia.

Understand Your Risk

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Answer these three questions to learn more about your risk.

Your Risk Assessment

While some health and lifestyle factors may increase your risk for getting pneumococcal pneumonia, an important risk factor in adults is age—due in large part to the natural, age-related decline of the immune system.

Even if you are active and otherwise healthy, an important thing to remember is: If you're 65 or over, you may be at increased risk.

What is your age?


Please Select an Age Range

As we age, our immune systems aren’t as effective at fighting off infections and helping protect us from vaccine preventable disease.

Do you have any chronic conditions?

(e.g., diabetes, heart disease, COPD, asthma, a weakened immune system)?


Please Indicate Chronic Conditions

In addition to age, certain chronic health conditions can make the body more vulnerable to serious illnesses such as pneumococcal pneumonia.

Do you smoke?


Please Indicate if You Smoke

Smoking damages fragile lung tissue, making lungs more vulnerable to infection.

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Your Summary

Your age, health conditions, and smoking history can contribute to an increased risk for getting pneumococcal pneumonia. So talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your risk factors and how vaccines may help protect you.

Your Risk Factors

AgeChronic ConditionsCurrent Smoker

Common Chronic Conditions Increase Risk in Adults Aged 65+*

*Compared to healthy adults aged 65+, the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia increases even further with the presence of certain chronic conditions.

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Your Summary

Your age and health conditions may put you at increased risk for getting pneumoccal pneumonia. So talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your risk factors and how vaccines may help protect you.

Your Risk Factors

AgeChronic Conditions

Common Chronic Conditions Increase Risk in Adults Aged 65+*

*Compared to healthy adults aged 65+, the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia increases even further with the presence of certain chronic conditions.

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Your Summary

Your age and smoking history may put you at increased risk for getting pneumococal pneumonia. So talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your risk factors and how vaccines may help protect you.

Your Risk Factors

AgeCurrent Smoker

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Your Summary

Although you haven't selected any health conditions or behavior choices that would increase your risk, age is still a key risk factor for pneumococcal pneumonia. So talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your risk factors and how vaccines may help protect you.

Your Risk Factors

Age

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Your Summary

Although your age and health conditions are not risk factors, your smoking history may increase your risk for getting pneumococcal pneumonia. So talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your risk factors and how vaccines may help protect you.

Your Risk Factors

Current Smoker

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Your Summary

Although your age and behaviors are not risk factors, you have health conditions that may increase your risk for getting pneumococcal pneumonia. So talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your risk factors and how vaccines may help protect you.

Your Risk Factors

Chronic Conditions

Common Chronic Conditions Increase Risk in Adults Aged 65+*

*Compared to healthy adults aged 65+, the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia increases even further with the presence of certain chronic conditions.

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Your Summary

Although you're not currently in an elevated-risk age group, your health conditions and smoking history may put you at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia. So talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your risk factors and how vaccines may help protect you.

Your Risk Factors

Chronic ConditionsCurrent Smoker

Common Chronic Conditions Increase Risk in Adults Aged 65+*

*Compared to healthy adults aged 65+, the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia increases even further with the presence of certain chronic conditions.

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Your Summary

Your answers to these three questions do not indicate that you are in an elevated risk group. If you have concerns, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist. And remember, even if you're otherwise healthy, it's always important to recognize your risks as you age.

 

Pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious disease you shouldn't ignore. Pneumococcal pneumonia can strike anytime, anywhere. Even if you have previously been vaccinated for pneumococcal disease, the CDC may recommend additional vaccination.

Developed by the American Lung Association in partnership with Pfizer Inc.

The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare provider, considering the unique characteristics of the patient. The American Lung Association does not endorse products, devices or services. This content is intended only for U.S. residents. 


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