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Date of preparation: March 2018

What symptoms do children experience?  

Children with pneumonia may experience symptoms including: 1

1. Rapid or difficult breathing
2. Cough
3. Fever
4. Chills
5. Headaches
6. Loss of appetite

Can complications be serious and potentially life-threatening?

Complications of pneumococcal pneumonia include: 2

  • Empyema
  • Pericarditis
  • Endobronchial obstruction with atelectasis
  • Lung abscess formation


  1. UN Children’s Fund/WHO. The forgotten killer of children 2006. Available at: [Last accessed June 2014].
  2. CDC. Chapter 16: Pneumococcal Disease. In: Atkinson W, Wolfe S, Hamborsky J, eds. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases [Pink Book]. 12th edn. Washington, DC: Public Health Foundation; 2012e: 233–48.