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We’ve gathered several resources below to help you learn more about pneumococcal pneumonia—what it is and how you can help prevent it.
To help prepare you for your next doctor visit, this guide provides the facts and risks of pneumococcal pneumonia.
Get a deeper dive on pneumococcal pneumonia and its risk factors with this brochure.
Ready to start the conversation? Print out this helpful discussion guide and bring it to your next doctor or pharmacy visit. Don’t forget to take notes!
Check out this video to see how this infectious lung disease spreads and why you may be at risk.
Rebecca: Now to one of the greatest to ever play the game of football. The Super Bowl is just 4 days away, and GMA lifestyle contributor Lori Bergamotto got the chance to hang out with gridiron legend Joe Montana. She's back to tell us all about it. Hey, Lori.
Lori: Hey, Rebecca. We know Joe from his incredible achievements on the field, but now he wants to help get the word out about an important cause. This segment is sponsored by Pfizer, and they're committed to raising awareness about a potentially serious lung disease so we can all live healthier lives.
(Football announcer:) Back to throw Montana. Touchdown 49ers!
Lori: He's one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Joe Montana's career is full of magical moments. But one play stands out. Forty-one years later, it's still simply called The Catch.
Lori: So can you go one day without being asked about The Catch?
Joe: I do get The Catch a lot. It was something that changed the city. It changed the team.
Lori: The Catch launched a dynasty. That legendary 49ers team went on to win 4 Super Bowls.
Nicknamed Joe Cool for poise under pressure, his Super Bowl success coupled with his Hollywood good looks made him a household name.
It was while filming a TV commercial that he met the love of his life, wife Jennifer.
Jennifer (in commercial): Take me to the dance tonight, Joe Montana.
Lori: The Montanas have 4 children and have been married for nearly 40 years.
Joe: We're together a lot. She's the one that really keeps me going because I would get lazy, but her energy makes me want to keep going.
Lori: These days, the Hall of Famer teaming up with our sponsor, Pfizer, as a spokesperson…
Joe (in commercial): I'm getting my shot.
Lori: …raising awareness about pneumococcal pneumonia, the infectious bacterial lung disease that can disrupt your health for weeks and be potentially life-threatening. The disease is spread through coughing and close contact. About 150,000 people are hospitalized in the U.S. every year. People 65 and older are at greater risk, but adults of all ages with certain health conditions like asthma, diabetes, and chronic heart and lung disease are also at increased risk.
Joe: Once I found out about it, and I talked to my doctor about it, she suggested that I get the vaccination and it was an easy decision. It didn't take long.
Lori: In fact, the CDC recommends that all at-risk adults get vaccinated for pneumococcal pneumonia to help protect against the disease.
Joe (in commercial): Get your shot. Then take your shot.
Lori: Why do you think it's so important to get the word out?
Joe: You don't want to find out the hard way. I mean, if you can do something to help prevent this from happening, you should do it.
Lori: Where can we get more information on pneumococcal pneumonia?
Joe: You can start with your doctor. A great website, knowpneumonia.com. That’s with a "K " and a "P. "
(Video: Joe shows Lori how to throw a football.)
Joe: You try to get…more this way.
Lori: For Joe, keeping a focus on his health is a priority.
Joe: I want to be here as long as I can and be active and physical as much as I can be.
(Video: Lori throws a football.)
Joe: Good job.
Lori: What a great guy. Thanks to sponsor Pfizer and Joe Montana for sharing this information and raising awareness about such an important issue. For more, check out GMA’s social platforms.
GMA gets to know Joe
Why does Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana feel it’s so important to raise awareness about pneumococcal pneumonia? Find out that and more—including how often he hears about “The Catch” and how he met his wife—in this interview on Good Morning America, sponsored by Pfizer.