Pneumococcal vaccination: introduction and background

This CPD challenge is designed to help you begin to build your knowledge and expertise in this area. It is imperative that as modern pharmacists we drive excellence in the care that we provide through the clinical services that we deliver for our patients.

We hope you share our ambition that every pharmacist should now actively be involved in prescribing activities tailored to the local population we serve.

Take your first step on your journey with us.

1. True or false 'pneumococcal disease' is the term used to describe infections caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae?

Question 1 of 10

2. True or false S. pneumoniae is an encapsulated Gram-negative coccus?

Question 2 of 10

3. True or false the capsule is the most important virulence factor of S. pneumoniae?

Question 3 of 10

4. True or false the incubation period for pneumococcal disease is clearly defined?

Question 4 of 10

5. Where are some serotypes of the pneumococcus carried without symptoms?

Question 5 of 10

6. True or false S. pneumoniae can be transmitted by direct contact with respiratory secretions of someone carrying the organism?

Question 6 of 10

7. True or false transmission of S. pneumoniae usually requires either infrequent or brief close contact?

Question 7 of 10

8. True or false there is no seasonal variation in pneumococcal disease?

Question 8 of 10

9. True or false prevalence of pneumococcal disease peaks in summer?

Question 9 of 10

10. In 2005/6, approximately how many cases of invasive pneumococcal disease were confirmed in England and Wales?

Question 10 of 10


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