You can get the vaccine any time of year at a public health office in your area. You may also be able to get it from your family doctor or pharmacist.
No. Healthy people age 65 years or older only need 1 dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine in their life. You may need 1 or 2 doses of this vaccine at an earlier age if you have certain health problems such as:
If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider before you get the pneumococcal vaccine.
If you have an allergy or are sensitive to latex, it’s safe to get the vaccine. There is no latex in the vaccine or the vaccine packaging.
It’s safe to get the pneumococcal vaccine if you take any type of medicine. If you have questions, talk to your healthcare provider.
Yes. It’s safe to get the pneumococcal vaccine at the same time as other vaccines.
Yes, you can donate blood if you get the vaccine.
For more information, go to the Canadian Blood Services website at
www.blood.ca before you donate blood.
It takes about 10 to 15 days after getting the vaccine to be protected against pneumococcal disease.
How well the vaccine works depends on your age and general health. The vaccine is about 50% to 80% effective in preventing serious infection from pneumococcal disease.
Current as of: September 30, 2021
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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