While pneumonia always refers to an infection of the lungs, there are many different types. Some are caused by viruses, fungi, or parasites, but many cases of pneumonia are caused by bacteria. The most common bacterial pneumonia is called pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a serious disease that can strike anywhere, anytime. Certain symptoms, like cough and fatigue, can last for weeks, or even longer. And in severe cases, it can lead to death. Pneumococcal pneumonia may be more common than you think. During adulthood, your risk of getting it increases as you age. And even otherwise-healthy adults as young as 50 are at risk.
Here’s what you should know about pneumococcal pneumonia.
- May start quickly with little warning
- Certain symptoms, like cough and fatigue, can last for weeks, or longer
- May result in hospitalization
- In severe cases, may lead to death