Should adults be vaccinated against pneumococcal disease?

Pneumococcal bacteria can make chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) acute.

Why talk about it now?

Because the pneumococcal vaccine can be given to adults at the same time as the quadrivalent flu vaccine: same day, but different injection. In addition, vaccination against influenza is a good opportunity to regularly check the vaccination status of patients and to discuss with them the indications for the pneumococcal vaccine. It is advisable to regularly check the vaccination status of subjects admitted or residing in a healthcare institution.

Who are the target groups?

Some adults are at increased risk of pneumococcal infection: people with immune disorders, sickle cell disease, anatomic asplenia (absence of spleen) or haemoglobinopathy. Vaccination is recommended for people with a cerebrospinal fluid leak or cochlear implant recipients.

People suffering from comorbidities (chronic heart disease, lung disease or smokers, hepatic disease or alcoholism, neurological or neuromuscular diseases, diabetes) are also people at risk.

And finally, the Superior Health Council (CSS) also recommends vaccination for people over 65 in good health. Because the report points out that the incidence of invasive pneumococcal infections increases from the age of 50 and is significantly higher in people over 65, ie 40 out of 100,000 per year. 70% of pneumococcal infections occur in people over the age of 50. In infected people over the age of 65, mortality is 12%. It doubles in the over 85s

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