Infection with pneumococcal bacteria causes a range of diseases including meningitis, pneumonia and middle ear infection. Infections are more common in winter and spring. Small children, and the elderly are most at risk. Infection is treated with antibiotics. Immunisation can prevent infection.

Further information

For further information please see the fact sheet or contact your local public health unit on 1300 066 055.

Page Updated: Tuesday 14 March 2017