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Pneumococcal Disease

The bacterium, Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus, is the cause of acute bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections, meningitis, and middle ear infections. Pneumococcal disease is spread by close contact with persons who are ill or who carry the bacteria in their nose or throat. Vaccines are available that target the more common types of pneumococcal bacteria; these vaccines are recommended to prevent pneumococcal infections in infants and young children, the elderly, and other persons at high-risk for the disease.

View personal stories of someone affected by Penumococcal disease at ShotbyShot.org.

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Last modified on: 11/5/2013 2:44 PM