Your symptoms will vary, depending on the type of pneumococcal infection you have.
Some common symptoms include:
You should contact your GP as soon as possible if you:
You should also contact your GP as soon as possible if your child is:
You should also see your GP if you have any of the risk factors that make you more vulnerable to developing a pneumococcal infection.
Read about the causes of pneumococcal infections for more information about these risk factors.
The most serious type of pneumococcal infection is bacterial meningitis , which requires immediate admission to hospital for emergency treatment.
Bacterial meningitis has a number of early warning signs that can occur earlier than the other symptoms.
As the condition gets worse it may cause:
The symptoms of bacterial meningitis are different in babies and young children. Possible symptoms include:
You should dial 999 immediately and request an ambulance if you think you or someone around you has bacterial meningitis.
Pneumococcal infections are caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, and range from mild to severe.
Your symptoms will vary, depending on the type of pneumococcal infection you have. Symptoms include fever, chills and a headache.
There are more than 90 different strains of S. pneumoniae, and some are much more likely to cause serious infection (virulent) than others.
There are several ways to diagnose pneumococcal infections, and the tests you have will depend on your symptoms.
The treatment you receive depends on whether you have an invasive or non-invasive pneumococcal infection. Antibiotics may be used to treat a serious infection.
Children under two should receive the PCV as part of their childhood immunisation schedule. Simple hygiene precautions can also help to prevent infection.