Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria (“pneumococcus”). It can sptread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and close contact with an infected person. Infection can result in pneumonia (infection of the lungs), ear infections, sinus infections, meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), and bacteremia (blood stream infection). Symptoms of pneumococcal disease depend on the part of the body that is infected. Such symptoms include fever and chills, cough, difficulty breathing, chest pain, stiff neck, confusion and disorientation, sensitivity to light, and ear infections.
* PV13 recommended for children up through 5 years of age, and PPSV23 recommended for adults 65 years and older.