Pneumococcal disease is one of the leading causes of illness among children and seniors. The potentially deadly pneumococcal bacteria causes pneumonia, but it also causes meningitis, sinusitis, sepsis, and ear infections. Austin pediatrician Elizabeth C. Knapp, MD, says the bacteria can cause serious illnesses but a pneumococcal vaccine can protect both children and adults.
This video is part of a monthly TMA series highlighting contagious diseases that childhood and adult vaccinations can prevent. TMA designed the series to inform patients of the facts about these diseases, and to help them understand the benefits of vaccinations to prevent illness. Visit the TMA website, for more – or watch the other TMA YouTube videos in this series.