Pneumococcal is a bacterial infection transmitted from person to person. Infants and older adults are most susceptible to pneumococcal infections. Pneumococcal can cause serious infections in the lungs, brain, spine, and blood leading to:

  • Pneumonia: lung infection characterized by fever, chills, cough, chest pain
  • Meningitis: inflammation of brain/spine characterized by fever, headache, stiff neck, increased light sensitivity, no appetite
  • Sepsis: blood stream infection characterized by fever and chills
The Pneumococcal Vaccination