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Helping to Prevent Pneumococcal Pneumonia

You eat right. You stay active. You get regular checkups.

You do lots of good things for your body. But what else can you do for your immune system?

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Aging Immune System

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You feel active and healthy. But your immune system may not be as tough as it used to be, especially if you’re 65 or older.


You may try to boost your immune system by eating lots of veggies and fruits high in vitamin C like oranges. It may be delicious, but it may not be enough.

At 65 or older, you are more vulnerable to pneumococcal pneumonia, a potentially serious bacterial lung disease that can disrupt your life for weeks, despite your efforts to stay healthy.

Understand Your Risk

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You need to know what you’re up against in order to help fight it. Pneumococcal pneumonia is caused by bacteria, not a virus.

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You're independent, confident and enjoy doing the things you love, like going to the beach and getting together with friends.

You don't want to get pneumococcal pneumonia, which could put your lifestyle on hold.


Pneumococcal bacteria are more common than you think. Even some healthy people can have pneumococcal bacteria in their bodies. Fortunately, most don’t get sick, thanks to their bodies’ natural defenses. But as we age, our immune system weakens, putting adults 65 and older at increased risk.

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If you have one or more chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease or asthma, your risk may be higher.

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Even if you have them under control, these conditions can make your body more vulnerable to potentially serious illnesses such as pneumococcal infection.

Help Strengthen Your Immune System


Can you help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia? That’s a yes.

Pneumococcal vaccination helps your body develop antibodies that help protect you against certain strains of pneumococcal bacteria that can cause disease.

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There’s NO live bacteria, NO formaldehyde and NO mercury inside pneumococcal vaccines.


Can you get pneumococcal pneumonia from the vaccines? That’s a no.

Pneumococcal vaccines don’t contain live bacteria, so you can’t catch pneumococcal pneumonia from getting vaccinated.

And unlike the flu vaccination, you don’t need pneumococcal vaccination every year.

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And in case you’re wondering what's inside a pneumococcal vaccine, watch this video.

Make the Choice

Now you know how to help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia before it starts.

Even if your immune system has weakened with age, you can still help it protect you against pneumococcal pneumonia.

With everything you’ve learned here, you can start the conversation with your doctor or pharmacist.

Click below to download this information and take it with you.

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Learn about a vaccination option that may be right for you.