overview

Overview

Pneumococcal pneumonia is an infectious,2 potentially serious bacterial2 lung disease3 you can catch anytime, anywhere.4 In severe cases, it can put you in the hospital2 and even be life-threatening.3

Pneumococcal pneumonia can be passed from person to person.5 You can catch it from a cough or close contact.5

Many people think it is a cold or the flu or COVID-19, but it is not.​​​​​​​6,7

Unlike a cold, the flu or COVID-19, which are caused by viruses6,7 pneumococcal pneumonia is caused by bacteria.6 Symptoms can be severe3 and hit you without warning.4 In fact, it can take weeks for symptoms to resolve.1^ The cough and fatigue may last for weeks and longer.1^

^Streptococcus pneumoniae is one of the most common pathogens found in community acquired pneumonia (CAP) 7

COVID-19 = CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019

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causes

Causes

Many people think you get pneumonia in the hospital, but hospitals are not the only places you can catch it.2
In fact, it’s more common to catch pneumonia, including pneumococcal pneumonia, while you are out in the community going about your everyday life.2

Pneumococcal pneumonia is caused by bacteria, not a virus. 2

The most common bacteria that causes pneumococcal pneumonia is called Streptococcus pneumoniae.2

The bacteria can spread from person to person through coughing or close contact.3 When the bacteria get into the lungs, they can cause some of the alveoli (air sacs in the lungs) to become inflamed and fill with mucus.2 This is what causes pneumococcal pneumonia symptoms such as chest pain, coughing, and difficulty breathing.2

^Streptococcus pneumoniae is one of the most common pathogens found in community acquired pneumonia (CAP) 4

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symptoms

Symptoms

The symptoms of pneumococcal pneumonia can come on suddenly.2 Symptoms generally include an abrupt onset of fever and chills or rigors.2 It can take weeks for symptoms such as tiredness, weakness and shortness of breath to resolve.1^

SYMPTOMS OF PNEUMOCOCCAL PNEUMONIA3

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Roll over the graphic to see some of the many ways pneumococcal pneumonia can affect your body.

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High fever

Shaking chills

Chest pain

Difficulty in breathing

Phlegmy cough

^Streptococcus pneumoniae is one of the most common pathogens found in community acquired pneumonia (CAP) 4

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severity

Severity

Pneumococcal pneumonia can take you out of your daily routine for several weeks.1^ In severe cases, it can put you in the hospital.2 The average hospital stay is 14 days.3 Some people are at risk of developing more severe pneumonia or fatal complications.4

At 65 or older, the risk of hospitalization with pneumococcal pneumonia is over 6X* greater than adults aged 18–49. 5

You may still feel the impact of the symptoms for days to months after onset of illness.1^

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Part of the lung becomes inflamed and fills up with mucus, causing difficulty breathing. 2,4

*Risk is dependent on individual risk profile. (healthy; adults included those without evidence of any high-risk or at-risk condition, At risk; adults included those who were immunocompetent with 1 or more chronic medical conditions or high risk ; adults included those who were immunocompromised or had a cochlear implant) 5

^Streptococcus pneumoniae is one of the most common pathogens found in community acquired pneumonia (CAP)6

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