Transmission

Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria can spread from person to person through a cough or sneeze.

Once these bacteria invade the lungs, they can cause pneumococcal pneumonia, a potentially serious illness. Pneumococcal pneumonia can cause severe symptoms, like fatigue, cough, chest pain, and difficulty breathing that can come on quickly, and may even lead to hospitalization.

 

True or False
Pneumococcal pneumonia is an illness people only catch in the hospital.