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Pneumococcal infection is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is a bacterial infection that causes pneumonia, meningitis, bacteraemia and other life-threatening ailments. Serious pneumococcal infections are a global health problem, but they can be prevented with vaccination.
Children under the age of 5 and elderly 65 years and above, are among those who are at higher risk for pneumococcal disease. Within one to three days of infection, the following signs and symptoms may appear, and vary based on the systems affected.
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