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PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASES

0 16 September 2016

Pneumococcal diseases such as meningitis, pneumonia and ear infection are caused by bacterium Streptococcus pneumonia. Some of these diseases can be serious especially in children. The bacteria that cause pneumococcal diseases are carried in the mouth and nose of healthy children and they can be passed on to other children by touch or by coughing. Vaccination against pneumococcal infections is now available. Vaccines are very successful in reducing the number of cases of pneumococcal disease. They may not protect your child from all pneumococcal infections, pneumococcal infections, but will substantially reduce their chance of contracting one. Different pneumococcal vaccines are available.