Vaccinate Holmes County

Learn more about the Pneumonia vaccine

Who should be vaccinated?

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The CDC recommends vaccination with the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine

(PCV13 or Prevnar 13®) for:

  • All children younger than 2 years old
  • All adults 65 years or older
  • People 2 through 64 years old with certain medical conditions
  • Adults 19 through 64 years old who smoke cigarettes

Talk to your or your child’s healthcare provider about what is best for your specific situation.

What type of vaccines are there?

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There are two pneumococcal (pneumonia) vaccines licensed for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13 or Prevnar 13®)

Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23 or Pneumovax23®)

Do the vaccines really work?

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Some pneumococcal infections are “invasive.” Invasive disease means that germs invade parts of the body that are normally free from germs. Invasive disease is usually very serious and can sometimes result in death.

Vaccines that help protect against pneumococcal disease work well, but cannot prevent all cases.

Studies* show that at least 1 dose of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine protects:

  • At least 8 in 10 babies from serious infections called invasive pneumococcal disease
  • 75 in 100 adults 65 years or older against invasive pneumococcal disease
  • 45 in 100 adults 65 years or older against pneumococcal pneumonia

*Studies show that 1 dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine protects between 50 to 85 in 100 healthy adults against invasive pneumococcal disease.

Key Facts

Fact:  Last year, 20 Holmes County Residents died from Pneumonia  (Source: 2017 Holmes County Vital Statistics Data)

Fact:  60% of Holmes County residents ages 65 and older had a pneumonia shot, compared to 72% of Ohio residents (Source: 2017 Holmes County Community Health Assessment) 

Fact: Pneumococcal disease (pneumonia) is common in young children, but older adults are at greatest risk of serious illness and death (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Fact:  Adult who smoke or who have  underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease are more likely to get pneumonia (Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Fact: Vaccines help prevent pneumococcal disease, which is any type of infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Fact: There are two kinds of vaccines that help prevent pneumococcal disease (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Helpful Terms

Conjugate: A type of vaccine that joins a protein to part of the bacteria to improve the protection the vaccine provides.

Polysaccharide: A type of vaccine that is made to look like the surface of certain bacteria in order to help the body build protection against that germ.

Did you know?

Don't let big names and abbreviations scare you!

Varicella - Chicken Pox

Zoster - Shingles

Pertussis - Whooping Cough

Influenza - Seasonal Flu

Haemophilus Influenzae type B or Hib  - Bacterial meningitis and bacteraemia (blood stream infection)

HAV or Hep A - Hepatitis A

HBV or Hep B - Hepatitis B

Prevnar 13 - Pneumonia (Children)

Pneumovax - Pneumonia (adults)

MMR - Measles, Mumps and Rubella 

Meningococcal -  bacterial meningitis and bacteraemia (blood stream infection)

Rotavirus - Gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines)

HPV - Human Papilloma Virus

DTaP - Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis- children younger than 7

TDaP - Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis booster

DT - Diptheria & Tetanus for children younger than seven who cannot have not have pertussis

Td - Tetanus & Diptheria. 10 year booster after childhood immunizations

Please Note: Upper-case letters in these abbreviations denote full-strength doses of diphtheria (D) and tetanus (T) toxoids and whooping cough (P) vaccine. Lower-case "d" and "p" denote reduced doses of diphtheria and whooping cough used in the adolescent/adult-formulations. The "a" in DTaP and Tdap stands for "acellular," meaning that the whooping cough component contains only parts of the bacteria instead of the whole cell.

Immunization Schedules & Information

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