Pneumococcal disease refers to a range of illnesses caused by
infection with the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae,
commonly known as pneumococcus. Illnesses caused by pneumococcal
infection range from infections such as otitis media (middle ear
infection) or sinusitis (sinus infection), to serious and
potentially life-threatening infections such as pneumonia (lung
infection), bacteraemia/septicaemia (blood infection) and
meningitis (infection of a membrane covering the brain).
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