Pneumovax 23 is a vaccine that can help protect against infection by 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria, which are common and often cause serious illnesses.
Pneumococcal disease includes pneumococcal infections of the lung, blood, and coverings of the brain and spinal cord.
Pneumovax 23 is for people 50 years of age and older.
The ACIP has recommendations for Pneumovax 23 use in children 2 years of age or older, who have previously received pneumococcal vaccines, and who are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease.
And if you are 65 years or older, even if you already had a dose of another vaccine before 65 for pneumococcal pneumonia, the CDC recommends you get Pneumovax 23.
Additionally, the CDC recommends Pneumovax 23 for people who have certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or COPD and who are 19 to 64 years old.