Health risks from pneumonia are potentially more dangerous than those related to the flu, but large segments of the population aren't being vaccinated against it — even those at highest risk of contracting the disease. They include infants, the elderly and those with chronic respiratory problems like asthma. Streptococcus pneumoniae (“pneumococcus”) is the bacterium responsible for almost a million cases and more than 50,000 deaths from pneumonia every year — twice as many as the number of...
Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, or pneumococcus, can cause many types of illnesses. Some of these illnesses can be life-threatening. Pneumococcal disease can include the following illnesses: Pneumonia Brain and spinal cord infection (meningitis) Bloodstream infections (sepsis) Ear infections Take our survey and tell us what you know about pneumococcal disease : Download our handout: People with Asthma Need to Take Extra Precautions to Avoid Pneumococcal Disease
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