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How is pneumococcal disease spread?

Page last updated 04 April 2022

Pneumococcal bacteria are carried in the nose and throat of healthy adults and children. It can be passed from one person to another through sneezing and coughing. Many people (including children) become carriers of the bacteria at some time or other, but not all will become sick.

Sources & Citations

2. Better Health Channel. Pneumococcal disease. Available at: (accessed 14 December 2021).

MAT-AU-2101489  Date of preparation March 2022