What is pneumococcal?

Pneumococcal disease is a serious infection caused by bacteria that attacks different parts of the body.

How is pneumococcal disease spread?

Pneumococcal disease is spread through coughing, sneezing or contact with respiratory secretions — sharing things, such as food, cups, straws and water bottles.

What are the symptoms of pneumococcal?

Symptoms can include:

  • Cough with mucus (can be rusty or green tinged with blood)
  • Fever
  • Fast breathing and heart rate
  • Chest pain that often feels worse when you cough or breathe in
  • Feeling very tired or very weak

What are the risks of pneumococcal disease?

Pneumococcal disease can cause serious life threatening infections including meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain) and septicemia, an infection of the blood. For every four children who get pneumococcal meningitis, one may die. It is especially dangerous for children younger than two years of age, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems. Children in child care settings are at greater risk due to using their mouth around toys.

How can I prevent getting pneumococcal?

The best way to not get pneumococcal disease to get immunized. There are two types of pneumococcal vaccines are safe. It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get the disease. When you get immunized you help protect others as well.

Learn about the two types of pneumococcal vaccines that protect against the disease.

Get immunized against pneumococcal disease by making an appointment with your doctor, pharmacist (for those 5 years and older) or Public Health.

To book an immunization appointment with Public Health:

Residents of Fraser East (Mission, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope), call 604-702-4906

Residents in any other area of Fraser Health, call 604-476-7087 


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