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MYTHS vs. FACTS

Get the story on pneumococcal pneumonia.

Many people don't understand pneumoccocal pneumonia. Here are some key facts you need to know.

65 or Older? Even If You're Healthy, You're Still at Risk.

MYTH

If you take care of yourself and are in good health, you're not at risk.

FACT

At 65 or older, the risk of hospitalization with pneumococcal pneumonia is over 10X greater than adults aged 18–49.
Pneumococcal vaccination can help protect you.

It’s Not a Bad Cold or The Flu.

MYTH

What's the big deal? Pneumococcal pneumonia is like a cold or the flu.

FACT

Pneumococcal pneumonia is not a cold or the flu. Unlike a cold or the flu, pneumococcal pneumonia is caused by bacteria. Some symptoms can appear without warning, and it can take weeks before you feel like yourself again.

It’s Infectious. It Can Be Caught Anywhere, Anytime.

MYTH

You can only catch pneumococcal pneumonia in cold places, in cold seasons.

FACT

Pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious bacterial lung infection you can catch anywhere, any time of the year.

You Can’t Catch Pneumococcal Pneumonia from Getting Vaccinated.

MYTH

Getting vaccinated can cause pneumococcal pneumonia.

FACT

Pneumococcal vaccines do not contain live bacteria, so you can't catch pneumococcal pneumonia from getting vaccinated.

You Could Feel the Impact for Weeks.

MYTH

If you catch it, you'll bounce back in no time.

FACT

With pneumococcal pneumonia, it can take weeks before you feel like yourself again—the fatigue can make it hard to get through the day.

Chronic Conditions like COPD, Asthma, Diabetes? Your Risk Goes Up.

MYTH

If your health issues are under control, you're not at increased risk.

FACT

Certain chronic health conditions like COPD, asthma, heart disease, and diabetes can increase your risk for pneumococcal pneumonia.

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