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Pneumococcal infections

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Introduction
Pneumococcal infections are acute infections caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) bacterium.
Symptoms of pneumococcal infections
If you have a pneumococcal infection, your symptoms will vary depending on the type of infection you have. Symptoms include fever, chills and a headache.
Causes of pneumococcal infections
Pneumococcal infections are caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae). There are more than 90 different strains of this bacteria.
Diagnosing pneumococcal infections
Several different tests can be used to diagnose pneumococcal infections. The tests you have will depend on your symptoms.
Treating pneumococcal infections
The treatment you receive depends on whether you have an invasive or non-invasive pneumococcal infection. Antibiotics may be used to treat serious infections.
Preventing pneumococcal infections
Children under two should receive the PCV as part of their childhood immunisation schedule. Simple hygiene precautions can also help prevent infection.