The Trumbull Health Department is now offering Prevnar 13 (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine or PCV13) to all adults 65 years of age and older and to adults 19 years and older who have certain medical conditions. Prevnar 13 protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria and complements the other pneumococcal vaccine, Pneumovax (PPSV 23), which the Trumbull Health Department also has available. Together, these vaccines help protect against a serious and sometimes life threatening condition known as pneumococcal disease.
Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacteria that can spread from person to person through close contact and can cause pneumonia, meningitis, or bloodstream infection. Among those who get pneumococcal disease, those age 65 and older and adults with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of death. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against this serious infection.