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How Bad Is It?
Pneumococcal pneumonia (caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae) is a serious bacterial lung disease that can put you in the hospital and is potentially life-threatening. It is infectious and can be spread from person to person.
Symptoms can hit you suddenly and severely, and can take weeks to resolve. Even if it is resolved, the cough and fatigue may last for weeks or longer.
Am I At Risk?
Age is one of the risk factors (especially those above 65 years of age) for catching pneumococcal pneumonia because our immune systems naturally get weaker as we get older, thus it becomes increasingly harder for our body to fight of infections.
Having chronic conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and diabetes may also increase the risk of developing pneumococcal pneumonia.
Smoking also causes damage to lung tissues which is also increases the risk of becoming infected by bacteria that causes pneumococcal pneumonia.
What Can I Do?
Getting vaccinated can help protect you from pneumococcal pneumonia. You can get vaccinated at CHAS GP or polyclinics.
Subsidies apply to eligible Singaporean adults based on the National Adult Immunization Schedule (NAIS).
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