Get protected, get immunized.
The PNEUMO-P vaccine protects against 23 strains (types) of the bacteria
Streptococcus pneumoniae that cause pneumococcal disease. These 23 strains cause over 90% of pneumococcal disease.
When adults with pneumococcal disease have a blood infection, 1 in 20 may die.
You’re most at risk of having a serious infection if you:
Pneumococcal disease spreads through:
Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can still spread the disease.
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 doses you need.
You still need a dose when you turn age 65 years, even if you already had the vaccine.
There are 2 other vaccines that protect against pneumococcal disease:
Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine (PNEU-C13) is available to children age 4 years as part of their routine childhood vaccines. You may also get it if you had your spleen removed or have a weak immune system or 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.
Ask your healthcare provider what pneumococcal vaccines you should have.
In older adults and high-risk groups, the protection against a serious infection from pneumococcal disease is 50% to 80%.
Protection may weaken after 5 to 10 years. However, getting more doses of the vaccine may not boost protection and is not recommended at this time.
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 can get a PNEUMO-P vaccine at the same time, any time before, or any time after most vaccines. However, certain vaccines have a waiting period. Check with your healthcare provider about when you can get the PNEUMO-P vaccine if you:
You may not be able to get this vaccine if you:
Check with your doctor or public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
You can still get the vaccine if you have a mild illness, such as a cold or fever. However, if you have symptoms of an illness, you should stay home until you are feeling better.
Many adults and children are afraid of needles. You can do many things before, during, and after immunization to be more comfortable.
Visit Commitment to Comfort for tips to make immunization a better experience.
Current as of: December 9, 2022
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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