Pneumococcal Disease

Who should be vaccinated against pneumococcal disease?

Everyone 65 and older should be vaccinated against pneumococcal disease. Folks who are younger than age 65 should get vaccinated if they fall into one of the groups with increased risk of serious pneumococcal infection: chronic lung disease (including asthma), heart disease, diabetes, chronic liver disease, alcoholism, sickle cell disease, persons who have lost their spleen, any immunocompromising condition, chronic kidney disease, or if a patient has a cochlear implant or a cerebrospinal fluid leak. In addition, everyone who smokes cigarettes should receive pneumococcal vaccination.