Who is at risk?

People with the following conditions are at increased risk of pneumococcal pneumonia infection:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic lung disease (eg. asthma, COPD, emphysema)
  • Chronic heart disease (eg. heart failure)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Impaired immunity (eg. HIV, cancer, asplenia, taking immunosuppressant drugs)
  • Tobacco smokers
  • People with alcohol related problems
  • Anyone under the age of 2 years
  • Anyone aged 65 years or older
  • People of Aboriginal of Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Down Syndrome
  • Patients with cochlear implants
  • Patients with intracranial shunts
  • Patients with cerebrospinal fluid leak

If any of the above apply to you, you are at increased risk of pneumococcal pneumonia. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and the ways to help protect yourself.

Please complete an Are you at risk form and take it to your doctor