PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE INCLUDES SERIOUS ILLNESSES
Anyone can get pneumococcal disease, but your risk is greater if you are 65 years or older or if you have certain chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
PNEUMOCOCCAL BACTERIA CAN SPREAD ANYWHERE, ANYTIME
It can be spread from someone healthy or sick—through coughing, sneezing, and close contact with others.
Infection can occur any time of year but is more common during winter and early spring.
Pneumococcal infections can strike quickly and without warning, and symptoms are not the same for everyone.
is an infection of the lungs. While the cause of pneumonia isn’t always pneumococcal bacteria, it is a common cause. Pneumococcal pneumonia is serious and should not be ignored.
- Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common form of pneumococcal disease in adults.
- It is an infection that you can get going about your daily routine and can appear suddenly.
- It can lead to breathing problems.
Every year, about
adults are hospitalized with this type of pneumonia in the United States. In some cases, it can even lead to death.
1 IN 4 PATIENTS
with pneumococcal pneumonia will develop pneumococcal bacteremia, which may lead to hospitalization.
is an infection of the blood. It can lead to low blood pressure, which may damage vital organs like the kidneys and the heart. This is also known as septic shock.
is a rare but serious infection of the coverings of the brain and spinal cord.
People who have
may face long-term complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, and seizures.
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*COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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