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Infections caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae are called pneumococcal diseases. Pneumococcal vaccination is a known way to help protect against the disease.

Vaccination schedule adapted from IAP* Advisory Committee of Vaccination & Immunization Practices (ACVIP) *Indian Academy of Pediatrics
What should you do if you miss the vaccination?
CATCH-UP VACCINATION

If you miss out the dose of these vaccinations during the stipulated time, you can consult with your doctor for a Catch-up Vaccination.

Did you know?
  • Children less than 2 years of age are at increased risk of pneumococcal disease.
  • Pneumococcal disease is the No.1 cause of vaccine-preventable deaths.
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What is Pneumococcal Disease?

The diseases caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium are commonly referred to as pneumococcal diseases. They range from serious diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia, and meningitis to less serious, but common infections such as sinusitis and otitis media (middle ear infections).

How is a Pneumococcal Disease transmitted?

Pneumococcal bacteria are spread by infected people via their respiratory droplets and secretions like saliva or mucus.

Many people, especially children, are asymptomatic carriers of the bacteria, and can transmit the disease to others.

What are the symptoms and complications of a Pneumococcal Disease?

Symptoms of pneumococcal disease depend on the part of the body involved and can range from mild to severe. Symptoms also depend on the type of infection as mentioned below but are not limited to:

Pneumonia (Lung Infection)

  • Fever and chills
  • Difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
  • Cough
  • Chest pain

Meningitis (infection of the brain lining and spinal cord)

  • Stiffness in neck
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion

Bacteraemia (Blood Infection)

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Lowered alertness

Sepsis (Extreme response to an infection)

  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever and shivering
  • Clammy, sweaty skin
  • High heart rate
  • Extreme pain or discomfort

Middle Ear Infection (Otitis Media)

  • Pain in the ear
  • Red, swollen eardrum
  • Fever
  • Sleepiness

Sinus Infection

  • Headache
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Pain or pressure on the face
  • Postnasal drip
How can you protect your child from Pneumococcal Disease?

Pneumococcal vaccination is an effective way of preventing pneumococcal disease.

Other ways to help protect your child or prevent the spread of infection include:

  • Covering mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Washing hands regularly
  • Breastfeeding
  • Smoke-free environment
When should a child receive Vaccination for Pneumococcal Diseases?

Vaccination for Pneumococcal Diseases starts from 6 weeks.

Different vaccines have different vaccination schedules. Please consult your paediatrician for more information.

However, consult your doctor for more information.

What are the common side effects associated with Pneumococcal Vaccination?

With any vaccination there’s a chance of side effects, which are usually mild. Some of them are but not limited to:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness at the site of vaccination
  • Fever
  • Appetite loss
  • Headache
  • Chills

For more details on side effects, please consult your doctor.

FAQs

How serious is the pneumococcal disease for children under 5 years of age?

Pneumococcal disease is the leading cause of deaths in children under 5 years of age and it can cause serious diseases such as pneumonia and meningitis which are life threatening.

A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India.

Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model. The disease representation icons/images and animation are for illustrative purpose only.

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The list of diseases mentioned here are the diseases featuring in the list of preventable diseases by IAP (Indian Academy of Pediatrics) in their routine and catchup vaccination recommendations. There could be diseases beyond the list which could affect the child. Please consult your pediatrician for more information.
A public awareness initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited. Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400 030, India. Information appearing in this material is for general awareness only. Nothing contained in this material constitutes medical advice. Please consult your doctor for any medical queries, any question or concern you may have regarding your condition. The disease list indicated for vaccination is not complete, please consult your child’s Paediatrician for the complete vaccination schedule. The doctor shown in this material is being used for illustrative purpose only and is a professional model.
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