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Why is it recommended for older adults to consider taking the Pneumococcal Vaccine vaccination?

Written By Samarth Staff | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Anup Bagchi, MBBS, Geriatric specialist

The Pneumococcal Vaccine helps protect against infections caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, which can lead to pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections. By stimulating the body’s immune response, the vaccine reduces the risk of developing these serious illnesses. 

Not getting vaccinated leaves older adults susceptible to pneumococcal infections, which can result in severe illness, hospitalization, and even death. In India, where pneumonia is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among older adults, vaccination plays a crucial role in preventing these outcomes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumonia is responsible for a significant number of deaths among older adults globally.

Getting the Pneumococcal Vaccine is simple and can be administered by healthcare professionals. It is typically given as a single dose or as a series of doses, depending on age and underlying health conditions. Following the recommended vaccination schedule is essential to ensure optimal protection against pneumococcal infections.

While the Pneumococcal Vaccine is generally safe, it may cause some mild side effects, such as soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site, as well as mild fever or fatigue. Serious side effects are rare and are outweighed by the benefits of vaccination in preventing pneumonia and its complications.

World Health Organization (WHO). (2022). Pneumonia. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/pneumonia

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