What is pneumococcal pneumonia?

What is pneumococcal pneumonia?


Pneumococcal pneumonia is a bacterial lung disease that is contagious. 1 Severe pneumococcal infection can be life-threatening, and patients may require hospitalization.1

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pneumonia could affect you

You might be at increased risk of pneumococcal pneumonia if you are1,2:

Aged 2 years
and above,

with certain chronic conditions*

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Aged 65 years
and above

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*Chronic conditions could include1,2: Chronic heart disease, chronic lung disease, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, and conditions that weaken the immune system, such as HIV infection and cancer

Vaccination can help protect against pneumococcal disease.1


  1. National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. What is pneumococcal disease? Available at: www.nfid.org/infectious-disease/pneumococcal/. Accessed Jul 2023.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pneumococcal disease: Risk factors & how it spreads. Available at: www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/about/risk-transmission.html. Accessed Jul 2023.