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Doctor insights on: How To Manage Pneumococcal Pneumonia

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How many days after flu onset would bacterial pneumonia begin?

How many days after flu onset would bacterial pneumonia begin?

At risk: Once the inner lining of the lung is infected, it is prone to a secondary infection. It may take weeks to recover from influenza, and a secondary pneumonia can occur at any time during that period. There is evidence that the risk for a pneumococcal pneumonia occurs even one week after influenza infection. An interesting link for more information: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2013/06 ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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How serious is pneumococcal pneumonia?

How serious is pneumococcal pneumonia?

Serious enough : It depends on how severe. It can reach from a severe infection that causes severe lung injury, systemic infection with organ failure and a real risk of death, to a milder infection that one treats as an outpatient. It is always something however that requires medical attention and treatment ( antibiotics, supportive care). ...Read more

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What is pneumococcal pneumonia called that for?

What is pneumococcal pneumonia called that for?

Pneumoniae + coccus: The official name of the organism is streptococcus pneumoniae, which is a gram positive coccus. So its nickname became "pneumococcus, " which causes "pneumococcal" pneumonia. ...Read more

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How to get streptococcal pneumonia?

How to get streptococcal pneumonia?

Strep pneumonia: It spreads person to person via respiratory droplets, so someone could be potentially infected if they are near a coughing/sneezing infected individual. They might not necessarily get pneumonia, particularly if they are otherwise healthy, it may just end up as sore throat. ...Read more

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How long is it before streptococcal pneumonia clears?

How long is it before streptococcal pneumonia clears?

2 to 3 days: Sometimes longer, provided antibiotics are being administered. Some cases can be resistant to treatment. Although it is usually easy to treat, it can be deadly. ...Read more

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Does a pneumococcal vaccine give complete immunity agst pneumonia and does it last life long? Thx

Does a pneumococcal vaccine give complete immunity agst pneumonia and does it last life long? Thx

No / maybe: The pneumococcal vaccines (childhood or adult form) boost the immune system by helping develop antibodies to the strains of the germ contained in the vaccines.Pneumonia can be caused by many germs not effected by the vaccine, and the vaccine may not be 100% protective against pneumoccus in all individuals.Revaccination in adults who receive 1st dose < 65 is considered >5yrs but not routein after. ...Read more