(BPT) - There are so many things to enjoy in the fall — from the colorful leaves and pleasant chill in the air, to warm drinks and delicious treats. Many people enjoy annual fall traditions, like visiting an apple orchard or carving pumpkins. One more thing to consider doing this fall is getting vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia. Getting vaccinated can help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia from getting in the way of enjoying all your favorite fall traditions.
Here are some things you need to know about pneumococcal pneumonia so you can be prepared this fall.
What is pneumococcal pneumonia?
Pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious bacterial lung disease that can disrupt your life for weeks and can even put you in the hospital or be life-threatening.
Who is at risk?
If you’re 65 or older, or 19 or older with certain underlying medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes or chronic heart disease, you’re at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia, and vaccination can help protect you.
What else should I know about pneumococcal pneumonia?
Pneumococcal pneumonia can strike at any time of year and vaccination is available all year round.
While you're getting vaccinated against the flu this season, don't forget to ask your doctor or pharmacist about pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination. Even if you've already had a previous pneumonia vaccine, your healthcare provider may recommend another vaccination for additional protection.
Help protect yourself before the busy flu season. You deserve to enjoy your favorite fall traditions, so don’t let pneumococcal pneumonia stand in your way.
You can also learn more at knowpneumonia.com.
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