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Pneumococcal infections

What are pneumococcal infections?

  • Pneumococcal infections are caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. Infections can range from mild to severe.  
  • Pneumococcus can cause serious infections such as bacteremia (blood infection) with or without pneumonia, and meningitis (infection of the brain lining).  
  • Symptoms can vary depending on the type of infection. Common symptoms include: 
    • Fever 
    • Aches and pains 
    • Headache

Recent studies show that exposure to forest fire smoke increases the risk of lung infections and hospitalization.

We recommend vaccination for people exposed to wildfire smoke.

Symptoms, Complications, Risk Factors


When can I get the pneumococcal vaccine?

Prevnar-20 is available in Eeyou Istchee. It can be given any time of the year.  

When you get your annual flu shot and COVID-19 booster, ask your nurse or doctor. Or you can talk about it with them during your regular medical check-up.  

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