What is Pneumococcal?

Pneumococcal infections are caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in the elderly and persons at high risk due to medical conditions or lifestyle factors. The bacteria is transmitted when a person comes into contact with nasal and throat secretions. Pneumococcal infections may include ear, sinus, lung, and blood stream infections.

There are two vaccines available for protection against IPD, one is provincially funded and the other is private pay.



Vaccine names: Pneumovax 23 and Prevnar 20

Minimum age: 18 years

Primary series: Single dose

Boosters: Not recommended


Note: Transplant patients and other high-risk individuals can access vaccine for free from public health by calling Healthlink at 811