Last update: October 2, 2020
Invasive pneumococcal disease, caused by streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), remains a leading cause of serious illness in children and adults worldwide. Because infection with streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria can lead to meningitis, deafness, brain damage and other health problems, providers should encourage the vaccination for those who do not have a contraindication to the vaccine.
And remember, as clinicians, members see you as the most trusted source of information about vaccines. So, help prevent pneumococcal infections, through vaccination of both children and adults. Vaccination clearly offers the best protection against pneumococcal disease.