Pneumococcal Information for Health Professionals

Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. It can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infections, or meningitis.

The Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria kills more people in the United States each year than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined. Treating pneumococcal infections with penicillin and other antibiotics used to be effective, but the disease is becoming more and more resistant to antibiotic treatment, making immunization increasingly important. There are two different vaccines, often called "pneumonia shots," to combat the 90 known strains of pneumococcal disease.

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Vaccination programs

  • Adults Only Vaccination: A Step-by-Step Guide
    Need help in establishing protocols for vaccinating your adult patients? Need tools to determine which vaccinations they need? Designed to help integrate immunization services into health care settings new to vaccination, this guide and accompanying tools are equally valuable for settings experienced in vaccine delivery. Attention: Non-MDH link

 

Updated Monday, 12-Aug-2013 12:55:57 CDT