Pneumococcal Information for Health Professionals
Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. It can cause pneumonia, bacteremia, or meningitis.
The Streptococcus pneumoniaebacteria kills more people in the United States each year than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined. Immunization is becoming increasingly important because of growing resistance to antibiotics used for treating pneumococcal infections. There are more than 90 known strains of pneumococcal disease, and two different types of vaccines, often called "pneumonia shots," that help combat pneumococcal disease.
- Reporting Streptococcal Disease
All invasive Streptococcal disease caused by S. pneumoniae must be reported to MDH within one working day.
- CDC: Pneumococcal Vaccination: Information for Healthcare Professionals
Information from the CDC on the two types of pneumococcal vaccines: Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13, PCV 15, or PCV20) and Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPSV23). Includes information on who should get which vaccine, storage and handling, vaccine administration, and more.
- Adult Pneumococcal Vaccination: PneumoRecs VaxAdvisor (Mobile App)
PneumoRecs VaxAdvisor Mobile App and Webpage help vaccination providers quickly and easily determine which pneumococcal vaccines a patient needs and when. Visit the PneumoRecs VaxAdvisor website on the CDC webpage for more information.
- Immunize.org: Pneumococcal Disease (PCV)
Resources and handouts, including Vaccine Information Statements (VISs), from Immunize.org for the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines (PCV13, PCV15, and PCV20).
- Immunize.org: Pneumococcal Disease (PPSV)
Resources and handouts, including Vaccine Information Statements (VISs), from Immunize.org for the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPSV23).
Standards and guidelines
- Pneumococcal ACIP Vaccine Recommendations
Pneumococcal vaccine recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
- Pneumococcal Disease Publications
CDC compilation of resources and publications on pneumococcal disease.
- Adults Only Vaccination: A Step-by-Step Guide
Need help in establishing protocols for vaccinating your adult patients? Need tools to determine which vaccinations they need? Designed to help integrate immunization services into health care settings new to vaccination, this guide and accompanying tools are equally valuable for settings experienced in vaccine delivery.