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How is pneumococcal disease spread?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

Pneumococcal bacteria are carried in the nose and throat of healthy adults and children. It can be passed from one person to another through sneezing and coughing. Many people (including children) become carriers of the bacteria at some time or other, but not all will become sick.

Sources & Citations

2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Pneumococcal disease. Available at: (accessed 17 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0149(1) Date of preparation April 2020