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Pneumococcal Disease

The bacteria is carried in the throat, often without causing disease. It's spread through the air by coughing and sneezing.

The Pneumococcal bacteria causes severe disease such as:

  • Meningitis, an infection of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.
  • Septicaemia or blood poisoning.
  • Infections of the joints, around the heart or of the bones and the soft tissue beneath the skin.

The bacteria also causes Pneumonia, ear and sinus infections. Pneumococcal disease may be a complication from a viral infection. Children with some medical conditions are at higher risk of pneumococcal disease.

This includes children with:

  • Congenital heart disease.
  • Some chronic lung conditions.
  • Kidney diseases.
  • HIV infection.
  • A lowered immune system due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy or organ transplant.

Children with spinal fluid shunts and with cochlear implants are also at higher risk of Pneumococcal Disease.

Medicines For Pneumococcal Disease
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