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Department of Health

Sunday, November 12th is World Pneumonia Day.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumonia is the world’s leading killer of children under five years of age.  In fact, a child dies from infection every 20 seconds (WHO, 2017).  Please help raise awareness so that together we can fight this deadly infection.

Vaccines are available for children and adults to protect them against Pneumococcal disease.  Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV 13) protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria and is routinely administered at 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 months of age.  PCV 13 is also recommended for people 2 through 64 years old with certain medical conditions and for all adults 65 years of age and older. 

Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria.  It is recommended for all adults 65 years of age and older.  It is also recommended for people 2 through 64 years of age, who have certain long-term health problems and a weakened immune system.  Additionally, adults 19 through 64 years of age who smoke or have asthma are also eligible to receive PPSV23 vaccine.  

Please speak with your healthcare provider regarding your immunization needs and dosing requirements.

If your child is under 19 years of age and is uninsured or underinsured and is in need of immunizations, please contact the Orange County Department of Health at 845-291-2330 between 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday – Friday, to schedule an immunization appointment through the federally-funded program, New York State Vaccines for Children (VFC), which provides free vaccine to eligible children.