Pneumonia (Pneumococcal) Vaccination

International Travelers in Europe

With 250+ travel clinics nationwide, Passport Health is your local leading provider of travel vaccinations and medications. Prepare your health for travel, visit us before you go.

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumococcal disease (Pneumonia) is generally caused by the Bacterium Streptococcus Pneumoniae and it is the most common complication of the flu. Infection is acquired by direct person-to-person contact via respiratory droplets.

Travelers at risk to contract Pneumonia include children under 5; adults older than 55; those with sickle cell disease and other blood diseases, diabetes, HIV, chronic renal (kidney) failure, cerebrospinal leaks and people with compromised immune systems. There are several drug-resistant strains of the bacterium that causes Pneumonia and that is why travelers should consider the vaccine if they are at high risk.

Who should get the Pneumonia Vaccine?

  • Adults 65 years or older
  • Adults aged 19-24 who smoke or have asthma
  • Individuals with weakened immune systems

Where to get the Pneumonia Vaccine?

The Pneumococcal vaccine is available at all Passport Health travel clinic locations.

Source: CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): Pneumococcal Polysaccharide and  Pneumococcal Conjugate.

So, if you are asking yourself, “What travel shots and vaccinations do I need?” or “Where do I get the Pneumonia Vaccine?” schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic.