Streptococcus pneumoniae

Streptococcus pneumoniae


Standard Precautions


General Information

Encapsulated lancet-shaped gram positive diplococci

Normal flora and important cause of invasive disease, often vaccine preventable

Community-acquired pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis

Many other syndromes possible but uncommon including endocarditis, MSK, etc

  • The PCV-13 vaccine against 13 strains of S. pneumoniae is available and offered as part of the routine childhood immunization schedule in Alberta at 2,4,12 months of age.
  • Invasive pneumococcal disease is a reportable disease
  • 16S testing may be available on CSF, please contact ID on call or microbiology on call for this test.