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Experts at Sparrow Health System are encouraging people to get vaccinated for a deadly form of pneumonia.

A pneumococcal vaccine can protect from pneumococcal diseases that can infect the lungs, brain or the blood stream. The illness hospitalizes about 500,000 people a year, and one out of every 20 people dies from strep pneumonia.

The vaccine is strongly recommended for those with compromised immune systems, chronic illnesses, and the elderly.

"It's not as widely used as the flu vaccine. The CDC has specific criteria that they developed, but in general, if you're over the age of 65, the vaccine is a good idea to prevent pneumococcal disease for you," Sue Sugden, Clinical Nurse Specialist.

The vaccine is available through your family physician as well as the Ingham County Health Department