Even healthy adults
50 and older are at increased risk.
Pneumococcal pneumonia is caused by common bacteria that can be spread from person to person through a cough or sneeze. And even if you’re as young as 50, active, and healthy, your risk for getting pneumococcal pneumonia increases with age. That’s because our immune system naturally weakens with age, making it harder for our bodies to fight off infections and diseases.
Another important thing to know is that certain health factors, including smoking, and chronic conditions such as COPD, asthma, and diabetes, may also increase your risk for pneumococcal pneumonia.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about vaccines that may help protect you.