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Streptococcus pneumonia is one of the main causes of invasive infections, such as acute otitis media, pneumonia and bacteremia, and meningitis, which are more frequent in infants and young children and in older people aged 65 years or above.
This is generally found in the upper airway of a normal person or a patient and is usually transmitted from person to person through respiratory droplets.
The infections caused by the Streptococcus pneumonia are classified into non-invasive infections such as sinusitis, tympanitis, pneumonia, etc. and invasive infections such as meningitis, bacteremia etc. Pneumonia is the most common in adults and tympanitis, sinusitis, pneumonia and septicemia common in children.
Vaccinations can reduce the incidence of the infectious diseases caused by streptococcus pneumonia.
Pneumococcal vaccines may cause side effects, such as severe allergic reactions, but most of which are rare, minor and temporary, followed by recovery after several days. The most common side effects include swelling, rashes, and pain for local areas, and fever and muscle pain for the entire body.