Pneumococcal pneumonia is serious.
Pneumonia is an infection in your lungs. There are many types of pneumonia, and the most common type of bacterial pneumonia is called pneumococcal pneumonia. The bacteria that causes pneumococcal pneumonia can be spread by airborne droplets when coughing or sneezing, or exchanged through close contact.
Symptoms can develop quickly and may include fever, chills, and chest pain with difficulty breathing. And certain symptoms, such as cough and fatigue, can last for weeks. In severe cases, it can even put you in the hospital and sometimes lead to death.
An important thing to remember is that risk increases with age. Are you 50 or older? Even if you’re healthy, active, and take good care of yourself, you could be at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia.