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What are the symptoms of pneumococcal disease?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

The symptoms of pneumococcal disease depend on the part of the body that is infected.

Pneumonia:

  • Fever and chills
  • Cough
  • Rapid or difficult breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion/low alertness (older adults)

 

Meningitis:

  • Stiff neck
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Photophobia (eyes being more sensitive to light)
  • Confusion
  • Poor eating/drinking, low alertness and vomiting (babies)

 

Bacteramia:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Low alertness

 

Sepsis:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Shortness of breath
  • High heart rate
  • Fever, shivering or feeling very cold
  • Extreme pain or discomfort
  • Clammy or sweaty skin

 

Middle ear infection (Otitis Media):

  • Ear pain
  • Red, swollen ear drum
  • Fever
  • Sleepiness

 

Joints and bones (septic arthritis):

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
     

Sources & Citations

2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Pneumococcal disease. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pneumococcal-disease (accessed 17 March 2020).

5. https://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/clinicians/clinical-features.html (accessed 17 March 2020).

6. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Pneumococcal disease. Symptoms and complications. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/about/symptoms-complications.html (accessed 17 March 2020).

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

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