Health Tip of the Week: Pneumococcal vaccine

Health Tip of the Week: Pneumococcal vaccine

Pneumococcal disease can cause infections of the lungs (pneumonia), the blood (bacteremia) and the brain (meningitis). Depending on the type of infection, 5-30 percent of people with this disease will die. People over the age of 65 years, anyone who has a health problem such as lung or heart disease, diabetes, alcoholism, certain types of cancers and problems with the immune system are at greatest risk, and should get this effective and safe vaccine.

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