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The PNEUMO-C13 vaccine protects against 13 strains (types) of the bacteria
Streptococcus pneumoniae that cause pneumococcal disease.
This vaccine is given to children starting at age 2 months. You may also get this vaccine if you’re at high risk for serious pneumococcal disease because of certain health problems. This includes not having a spleen or having a weak immune system.
Other people may also benefit from this vaccine, but it’s not free. Check with your health insurance provider to see if your plan covers the cost.
Most healthy children need 3 doses which are given at ages 2, 4, and 12 months. An extra dose is given to children at age 6 months who have a high risk of serious pneumococcal disease.
You or your child may get fewer doses depending on your age when you start this vaccine. It’s not recommended to delay this immunization because babies have a higher risk of this disease. Ask your healthcare provider how many doses you or your child needs.
If you’ve had a bone marrow transplant, ask your healthcare provider how many doses of the vaccine you need.
Yes, there are other pneumococcal conjugate vaccines. These vaccines protect against fewer types (strains) of pneumococcal disease than PNEU-C13. Check with a public health nurse if your child is age 4 years or younger and they haven’t had the PNEU-C13 vaccine.
Another vaccine that protects against pneumococcal disease is called the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PNEUMO-P). Anyone age 2 years and older with certain health problems should have the PNEUMO-P vaccine, even if you already had the PNEU-C13 vaccine. This includes:
If you need both the PNEU-C13 and PNEUMO-P vaccines, it’s best to get the PNEU-C13 vaccine first. The 2 vaccines must be carefully spaced so you don’t get them too close together.
Protection against serious pneumococcal disease (caused by 13 strains of bacteria) with the PNEU-C13 vaccine is about 86% to 97% for healthy children under age 5 years.
In adults age 65 years and older, protection against pneumonia or blood infections caused by pneumococcal disease is about 45% to 75%.
If you can get this vaccine free vaccine, you can get it at the public health office in your area.
If you want the vaccine and need to pay for it, contact a travel health clinic or talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
There can be side effects from the PNEU-C13 vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
It’s important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you will get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
You can still have the vaccine if you have a mild illness such as a cold or fever. Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you have had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
What is pneumococcal disease?
When adults with pneumococcal disease have a blood infection, 1 in 20 may die.
Who’s most at risk? You’re most at risk of having a serious infection if you:
How does it spread? Pneumococcal disease spreads through:
Even if you don’t have these symptoms, you can still spread the disease.
Current as of: August 11, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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