You can get the vaccine any time of year at Community/Public Health Centres. You may be able to get the vaccine at your doctor's office or at a community pharmacist (starting January 1, 2019).
No. Most people only need 1 dose of pneumococcal vaccine in their life. Your public health nurse will tell you if you need a second dose. A second dose is needed if you have:
People will be eligible for a dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine at 65 years of age and older (as long as 5 years have passed since a previous dose of this vaccine), regardless of the number of doses received prior to 65 years of age.
If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider before you get the pneumococcal vaccine.
If you are breastfeeding, it’s safe to 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 55 to 80 percent effective in preventing invasive pneumococcal disease.
Current as of: August 15, 2018
Author: Influenza Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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