Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
This vaccine is given to adults 65 years and older.
Anyone 2 to 64 years of age at high risk of severe pneumococcal disease due to health problems (e.g., heart, lung, kidney, liver problems; diabetes; weak immune system), should have this vaccine.
People who are homeless should also have this vaccine.
Healthy people get this vaccine when they turn 65 years old. They need only one dose.
Some people with certain health conditions need this vaccine earlier and may need a second dose. Check with your healthcare provider to find out if and when you need a second dose. When you turn 65, you should have another dose.
Another pneumococcal vaccine called pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PNEU-C13) is given to children 4 years of age and younger and to people with certain health problems (e.g., removed spleen, weak immune system).
If you need both PNEUMO-P and PNEU-C13 vaccines, it is best to get PNEU-C13 vaccine first. The 2 vaccines must be carefully spaced.
Protection against severe infection (e.g., blood infections and meningitis) caused by the 23 strains covered by PNEUMO-P vaccine is 50% to 80% in older adults and high risk groups.
Protection may weaken after 5 to 10 years, but more doses may not boost protection.
PNEUMO-P vaccine is given at a public health office in your area and may also be offered by some family doctors.
It is also available each fall at AHS Influenza Immunization Clinics around Alberta. To find local clinic schedules, visit
www.ahs.ca/influenza or call Health Link at 811.
Reactions to the vaccine are usually mild and go away in a few days. They may include:
It is important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after immunization because people can have a rare but serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
Unusual reactions can happen after being immunized. Call Health Link at 811 to report any unusual reactions.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
You can be immunized if you have a mild illness (e.g., cold), even if you have a fever.
What it is
Who is most at risk
Most serious infections happen in people who:
How it spreads
Current as of: July 6, 2017
Author: Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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