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Facts About...

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
(Prevnar™ 13)

What is pneumococcal conjugate vaccine?

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine protects you from bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus). These bacteria can cause infections in the blood, brain, spinal cord, lungs and middle ear. Severe infections can cause death. (For more information, see Facts About... Pneumococcal Diseases).

Who can get the vaccine for free?

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is publicly funded (free) to ALL children 2 months to 5 years of age.

While all children less than five years of age may benefit from the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, it is highly recommended for children with certain chronic (long-term) illnesses. These children are at high-risk for pneumococcal infections.

Some adults 50 years and older, that are considered at high risk, are publicly funded for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (talk to your healthcare provider).

When should my child get the vaccine?

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is given to all children as part of the routine immunization schedule (baby needles) at:

Adults, 50 years and older, at high risk may need 1-3 doses (talk to your healthcare provider).

Are there side effects with the vaccine?

The most common side effects for children are:

The most common side effects for adults are:

A cold, wet compress to the site and/or acetaminophen can be used to help to relieve pain, swelling and/or fever after vaccination.

Who should NOT get the vaccine?

For more information on contents of vaccine refer to the Canadian Immunization Guide Evergreen edition

Your Record of Protection

After you or your child receives a vaccine, update your immunization record (yellow card). For children in school or daycare, please call the Health Department to update your child’s immunization records. Keep your records in a safe place!

February 7, 2017