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What is invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD)?

IPD is a serious illness caused by bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae that enters the body and can cause disease if they spread to the blood (blood poisoning), brain (meningitis) or lungs (some severe forms of pneumonia).

Who is at risk of IPD?
- babies
- young children < 2 years
- adults > 65 years and people with compromised immune systems are also at risk

What are the symptoms of IPD?
- poor eating and drinking
- low alertness
- vomiting
- fever
- light sensitivity

How could your child get IPD?
- Children can breathe in bacteria through the nose or mouth when an infected person: coughs or sneezes
- On rare occasions, these bacteria can cause serious infections by: Spreading to other parts of the body, such as the brain or lungs.

How can you help protect children against IPD?
- Covering mouth when sneezing or coughing
- Hand washing
- Breast feeding
- Smoke-free environment
- Vaccination

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