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Pneumococcal Disease

Are there any racial or ethnic groups at particular risk for pneumococcal disease?

Pneumococcal disease can strike anyone, regardless of race or ethnicity. However, some racial and ethnic groups have lower vaccination coverage rates. For example, in those age 65 years and older, the vaccination coverage rate is higher in whites compared with blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. In adults age 19 to 64 years with risk conditions, the coverage rates in whites and blacks are similar, but both are higher than rates in Hispanics and Asians. Some risk factors are more common in certain racial and ethnic groups, putting them at greater risk for serious consequences if they get pneumococcal disease. For example, diabetes is much more common in blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, and Alaska Natives compared with whites.