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Streptococcus pneumoniae is a bacterium that causes serious illness, including:1
Sepsis and otitis media
Two to three children out of 10 die of pneumococcal meningitis.2,4 Pneumococcal meningitis is the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in South Africa.3
The Prevent.co.za website aims to give you more information about pneumococcal disease and how you can prevent this disease from happening to your child.
- Prakash P.M. The burden of Pneumococcal disease in children – advances in the fight of this epidemic. Professional Nursing Today 2007; 11(3): 25 – 28.
- Department of Health. Pneumococcal vaccine added to the childhood immunization programme; more protection against meningitis and septicaemia. 8 February 2006. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/
- NICD. Surveillance Bulletin 2007; 5(1): 1 – 20.
- Ispahani P., Slack R.C.B., Donald F.E., Weston V.C., Rutter N. Twenty years surveillance of invasive pneumococcal disease in Nottingham: serogroups responsible and implications for immunization. Arch Dis Child 2004; 89: 757 – 762.