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The PNEUMO-P vaccine protects against 23 strains (types) of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae that cause pneumococcal disease. Over 90% of pneumococcal disease is caused by these 23 strains.
You should get the PNEUMO-P vaccine if you:
Healthy people age 65 years or older need 1 dose.
If you have certain health problems, you may need 1 or 2 doses of this vaccine at an earlier age. Check with your healthcare provider to find out if you need doses at an earlier age and how many.
You still need a dose when you turn age 65 years, even if you already had the vaccine.
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PNEU-C13) is another type of pneumococcal vaccine. Children age 4 years and younger get this vaccine. You may also get it if you had your spleen removed, have a weak immune system, or have other health problems.
If you need both the PNEUMO-P and PNEU-C13 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.
In older adults and high-risk groups, the protection against a serious infection from pneumococcal disease is 50% to 80%.
This protection may weaken after 5 to 10 years, but more doses of the vaccine may not boost protection.
You can get the vaccine at a public health office in your area. You may also be able to get it from your doctor or pharmacist.
There can be side effects from the PNEUMO-P 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 after a vaccine. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to get this vaccine if you:
You can still get 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.
Check with your doctor or public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
What is pneumococcal disease? 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 symptoms, you can still spread the disease.
Current as of: September 10, 2021
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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