Generally, invasive pneumococcal disease is serious, but treatable. However, some invasive forms can be deadly.
For any questions or concerns about your child’s health, please talk to your healthcare provider.
Pneumococcal meningitis is a serious infection around the brain and spinal cord and is a type of Invasive Pneumococcal Disease. In fact, 1 in 15 children under the age of 5 who get pneumococcal meningitis die from it. Others may experience serious and even permanent complications such as hearing loss or brain damage.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your baby may have symptoms like fever, headache, and irritability. In addition, your baby may not want to eat or drink, may be vomiting, and may be less alert than usual.
Pneumococcal bacteremia is a type of invasive pneumococcal disease that is an infection of the bloodstream. Although uncommon, this disease can be serious and potentially deadly. About 1 out of 100 children younger than 5 years old with this infection die from it.
According to the CDC, your baby may be less alert and have symptoms including fever and chills.