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Meningitis - pneumococcal

  • Alternative Names

    Pneumococcal meningitis


    Early treatment of pneumonia and ear infections caused by pneumococcus may decrease the risk of meningitis. There are also two effective vaccines available to prevent pneumococcus infection.

    The following people should be vaccinated, according to current recommendations:

    • Children
    • Everyone over age 65
    • People at high risk for pneumococcus infection


    Swartz MN. Meningitis: bacterial, viral, and other. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 437.