Pneumococcal pneumonia could take you out of your daily routine for weeks.1^



Pneumococcal pneumonia is an infectious, 2 potentially serious bacterial 2 lung disease 3 you can catch anytime, anywhere. 4 In severe cases, it can put you in the hospital 2 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, 6 but it is not.

Unlike a cold or the flu, which are caused by viruses, 6 pneumococcal pneumonia is caused by bacteria. 6 Symptoms can be severe 3 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


1. Wyrwich. WK, et al. Observational longitudinal study of symptom burden and time for recovery from community-acquired pneumonia reported by older adults surveyed nationwide using the CAP Burden of Illness Questionnaire. Patient Related Outcome Measures 2015:6 215–223.

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3. CDC Pneumococcal symptoms and complications ( Accessed 27th Aug 2020)

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5. CDC How to prevent pneumococcal factsheet, ( accessed 3rd Aug 2020)

6.National heart and lung and blood institute -pneumonia diagnosis. (Accessed 27th Aug 2020)

7. Jain.S, et al. Community-Acquired Pneumonia Requiring Hospitalization among U.S. Adults N Engl J Med 2015;373:415-27.