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Topic: Pneumococcal Disease and Immunizations

Community-acquired pneumonia affects adults age 65 and older every year. There are two vaccines help prevent pneumococcal disease:

· Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV13, PCV15, and PCV20)

· Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)

Using the Centers for Disease Control as your guide, please discuss:

1. The incidence of pneumococcal disease in the United States with a breakdown in the demographics in terms of age, race, and gender

2. The difference in the definitions of incidence and prevalence

3. The morbidity rate and factors which influence it in this population

4. The contraindications and indications for vaccination