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How is pneumococcal disease spread?

Page last updated 10 July 2018

Pneumococcal disease is 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 at some time or other, but not all will become sick.

Sources & Citations

  1. Australian Government. Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. 4.13 Pneumococcal disease. Available at: http://immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part4~handbook10-4-13 (accessed 25 March 2018).
  2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Pneumococcal disease. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pneumococcal-disease (accessed 25 March 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0149a - Date of preparation May 2018

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