Pneumococcal Basics for Kids

The best way to prevent pneumococcal disease is for children to be fully vaccinated on time.

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Pneumococcal vaccine for kids
Pneumococcal disease

Treatment and antibiotics

Pneumococcal vaccine for kids

The pneumococcal vaccine protects kids from the seven most common types of pneumococcal disease.

Pneumococcal disease

Pneumococcal disease is the most common cause of serious bacterial infections in children, including infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), infection of the blood (bacteremia), and infection of the lungs (pneumonia).

It is also the most common bacterial cause of acute middle ear infections in children, which are the most frequent reason for pediatric office visits in the United States. Children under 2 years of age have the highest rates of pneumococcal disease.

  • Pneumococcal Disease
    More information on pneumococcal disease from the CDC. Attention: Non-MDH link

Treatment and antibiotics

Until recently, pneumococcal infections could be treated effectively with antibiotics. Recently, many pneumococcal bacteria are becoming resistant to commonly used antibiotics making treatment more difficult. For this reason, it is desirable to prevent pneumococcal infections through vaccination, rather than depend on antibiotic treatment after infection occurs.

 

Updated Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 02:42PM