Disclosure: This post is sponsored and developed in part by Pfizer; however, the opinions are my own.
I know most of you are aware winter is my favorite season and by far my favorite time to be outdoors. Some of my favorite activities to do this season include building a winter bonfire and making s’mores with my family. However, since I turned 65 last summer, my birthday came with many new realizations. I have now realized that to continue to enjoy different activities, I need to help protect myself and talk to my doctor about the risks of potentially serious diseases, like pneumococcal pneumonia.
Like most of you, I desire to remain healthy and active as I march forward into aging and I want my “boom” to be big. I am among the more than 47.8 million adults 65 years or older in the US,[i] – known as the Baby Boomers. Many of us, like myself, are still working and plan to keep at it for a long while. We also love our lives with our children and grandchildren.
We know that we must take healthy steps to keep booming — eating right, getting enough sleep and exercising — but it is also important to stay up-to-date with all CDC-recommended adult vaccinations for diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia, a potentially serious bacterial lung disease.
Pneumococcal pneumonia can disrupt your life for weeks, and in severe cases lead to hospitalization. The symptoms include coughing, difficulty breathing, high fever, excessive sweating, shaking chills and chest pain.[i] It can strike anywhere, anytime and may start quickly with little warning. We are at an increased risk simply because our immune system naturally weakens as we age. According to the CDC, as of September 2016, less than 19 percent of adults 65 years or older were fully vaccinated with both recommended pneumococcal vaccines.[ii]
I hope you will join me in speaking with your doctor about getting vaccinated. I am going to ask mine these questions:
- How does pneumococcal pneumonia differ from the flu?
- How do you get pneumococcal pneumonia, and do you believe I am at risk?
- Am I up-to-date with these vaccinations?
- Where can I get vaccinated?
Pfizer created the All About Your Boom™ campaign in partnership with football legend and analyst, Terry Bradshaw, who is spreading the word about the importance of getting vaccinated. Trust me… no one wants to sign up for pneumococcal pneumonia. If you’re 65 or older, talk to your doctor about whether vaccination to help prevent this potentially serious disease is right for you. You can find more information at AllAboutYourBoom.com.
Now, go out and BOOM!
PP-PNA-USA-3444-1 ©2018 Pfizer Inc. All rights reserved. December 2018
 U.S. Census Bureau. Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Selected Age Groups by Sex for the United States, States, Counties and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pneumococcal Disease: Symptoms & Complications.
http://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/about/symptoms-complications.html. Accessed September 4, 2018.
 Black CL. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr /volumes /66/wr/mm6627a4.htm. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
KEEP SMILING, EVERYONE…AND TAKE CARE!