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Add getting vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia to your summer checklist

(BPT) - Did you know we have less than 100 days to enjoy the summer season?

Summertime is here! The season we all know and love - and one that tends to go by way too quickly. Let's be sure to take advantage of those longer, sunnier days ahead of us.

Here are some ways to do just that:

  • Swim at your favorite spot - beach, lake, pool, you name it
  • Ride bikes around the neighborhood
  • Host a picnic at a local park
  • Throw a barbecue party - the Fourth of July is a great time to throw some food on the grill and get together with family and friends

You should also add getting vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia, a potentially serious bacterial lung disease, to your list. Then, keep enjoying your summer plans.

Pneumococcal pneumonia can strike at any time, in any season. There's a misconception that you can only get it in the winter or during flu season, but you can get it any time of year - even summer!

Pneumococcal pneumonia can put you in the hospital and even be life-threatening. You're at increased risk if you're 19-64 with certain underlying medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, chronic heart disease and COPD.

Adults 65 or older are also at increased risk. In fact, if you're 65 or older, you're at over 10x greater risk of being hospitalized with pneumococcal pneumonia compared with adults 18-49.

If you fall into any of these groups, getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to help protect yourself.

Vaccination is available all year round, so now is a great time to assess if pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination is right for you. Even if you've already been vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia previously, your healthcare provider may recommend another vaccination for additional protection.

There's no room for pneumococcal pneumonia in your busy summer schedule, so don't let it get in the way of enjoying all this season has to offer.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination and visit to schedule a vaccination today.

Brought to you by Pfizer.

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