Public Health Resources & Toolkit
Pneumococcal Disease Public Health Resources
Pneumococcal disease is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Although the exact number of cases is hard to pinpoint, pneumococcal disease causes more than one million cases of pneumonia in the US annually, with death rates of 5-7% and even higher rates in those age 65 years and older. Invasive disease, which includes meningitis and sepsis, is less common (tens of thousands of cases annually) but death rates can be 20-25% or higher in those over the age of 65 years who get it. Despite CDC vaccination recommendations to help protect adults most at risk, including those age 65 years and over and those age 19 to 64 years with certain chronic health conditions, vaccination rates remain low.
To help public health professionals raise awareness about adult pneumococcal disease and encourage adult immunization, NFID created a toolkit that includes materials to help educate healthcare professionals and community members about the importance of pneumococcal prevention for adults most at-risk for the disease.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Association of Immunization Managers (AIM), and National Adult Immunization Coordinators Partnership (NAICP) Executive Committee all provided insight and direction on resource development.
Understanding that public health departments may have limited resources to promote adult immunization, the toolkit includes both ready-to-use materials and easy-to-customize templates. The resources can be downloaded, printed, and shared electronically.
For Healthcare Professional (HCP) Audiences:
For Public/Patient Audiences:
- Pneumococcal Fact Sheet: provides patients with an overview of the causes, symptoms, and prevention of pneumococcal disease
- At-a-Glance Fact Sheets for At-Risk Adults: educates adults with the following risk factors about the importance of pneumococcal vaccination: asthma, diabetes, heart, liver, lung, and kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, and smokers as well as those with certain other medical conditions
- Which Vaccines Do I Need? (Adult Vaccination Tracker and Guide): helps adults understand which vaccines they need and encourages them to speak with an HCP
- Pneumococcal Infographic: to remind those age 65 years and older and adults age 19-64 years with certain risk factors to talk to their healthcare provider about pneumococcal and other recommended vaccinations.
- Pneumococcal Disease Poster: for display in public health department offices, community venues, or HCP offices; encourages adults to ask HCPs about pneumococcal prevention
For Media & Social Media Outreach/Communications:
Additional ideas for educating or counseling healthcare professionals and community members about pneumococcal prevention:
- Collaborate with non-immunization colleagues by asking them to distribute pneumococcal prevention information at appropriate community events, including:
- Blood pressure clinics
- Asthma education events
- Cholesterol screening
- Incorporate into community outreach programs on other topics, such as wellness and infectious disease