Fact: Last year, 20 Holmes County Residents died from Pneumonia (Source: 2017 Holmes County Vital Statistics Data)
Fact: 60% of Holmes County residents ages 65 and older had a pneumonia shot, compared to 72% of Ohio residents (Source: 2017 Holmes County Community Health Assessment)
Fact: Pneumococcal disease (pneumonia) is common in young children, but older adults are at greatest risk of serious illness and death (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Fact: Adult who smoke or who have underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease are more likely to get pneumonia (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Fact: Vaccines help prevent pneumococcal disease, which is any type of infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Fact: There are two kinds of vaccines that help prevent pneumococcal disease (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Conjugate: A type of vaccine that joins a protein to part of the bacteria to improve the protection the vaccine provides.
Polysaccharide: A type of vaccine that is made to look like the surface of certain bacteria in order to help the body build protection against that germ.
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Varicella - Chicken Pox
Zoster - Shingles
Pertussis - Whooping Cough
Influenza - Seasonal Flu
Haemophilus Influenzae type B or Hib - Bacterial meningitis and bacteraemia (blood stream infection)
HAV or Hep A - Hepatitis A
HBV or Hep B - Hepatitis B
Prevnar 13 - Pneumonia (Children)
Pneumovax - Pneumonia (adults)
MMR - Measles, Mumps and Rubella
Meningococcal - bacterial meningitis and bacteraemia (blood stream infection)
Rotavirus - Gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines)
HPV - Human Papilloma Virus
DTaP - Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis- children younger than 7
TDaP - Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis booster
DT - Diptheria & Tetanus for children younger than seven who cannot have not have pertussis
Td - Tetanus & Diptheria. 10 year booster after childhood immunizations
Please Note: Upper-case letters in these abbreviations denote full-strength doses of diphtheria (D) and tetanus (T) toxoids and whooping cough (P) vaccine. Lower-case "d" and "p" denote reduced doses of diphtheria and whooping cough used in the adolescent/adult-formulations. The "a" in DTaP and Tdap stands for "acellular," meaning that the whooping cough component contains only parts of the bacteria instead of the whole cell. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/dtap-tdap-td/public/index.html