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Pneumococcal Infections

Also called: Streptococcus pneumoniae infections

Summary

Pneumococci are a type of streptococcus bacteria. The bacteria spread through contact with people who are ill or by healthy people who carry the bacteria in the back of their nose. Pneumococcal infections can be mild or severe. The most common types of infections are

How the diagnosis is made depends upon where the infection is. Your doctor will do a physical exam and health history. Possible tests may include blood, imaging, or lab tests. Treatment is with antibiotics. Vaccines can prevent pneumococcal infections. There are two vaccines. One is for infants and young children. The other is for people at high risk, including those who are over 65 years old, have chronic illnesses or weak immune systems, smoke, have asthma, or live in long-term care facilities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Symptoms

  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Diagnosis and Tests

  • Bacteria Culture Test From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
  • (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) Also in
  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Prevention and Risk Factors

  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF Also in
  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Immunization Action Coalition) - PDF Also in
  • (Immunization Action Coalition) - PDF
  • (Immunization Action Coalition) - PDF

Treatments and Therapies

Specifics

  • (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases)
  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

Statistics and Research

  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Clinical Trials

  • From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)

Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

Find an Expert

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  • From the National Institutes of Health

Children

  • (American Academy of Pediatrics) Also in
  • (Nemours Foundation)

Patient Handouts

  • Meningitis - pneumococcal (Medical Encyclopedia) Also in Spanish
  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF Also in
  • (American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - PDF
  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Immunization Action Coalition) - PDF Also in
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