Despite early and adequate treatment, there can still be serious and potentially life-threatening complications arising from pneumococcal infection.
May need to be treated with antibiotics.
Needs to be treated with antibiotics.
Doctors will usually prescribe antibiotics for invasive pneumococcal infections. If the infection is mild the patient will take oral antibiotics. Serious infections will require intravenous administration - a solution containing antibiotics will be administered directly into the venous circulation via a syringe or intravenous catheter (tube).
Doctors may recommend administering a combination of different antibiotics, in case the S. pneumoniae has developed resistance. The emergence of resistant pneumococcal strains over the last few years is making treatment more difficult, extending the period of many hospitalizations, as well as increasing the likelihood of more expensive alternative therapy.
Patients with very serious infection will be hospitalized so that they can be supported.
Experts say that the growing problem of antibiotic resistance places further emphasis on the need for preventing pneumococcal disease through vaccination.
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