Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV 13) vaccine protects against 13 strains of pneumococcal bacteria.
Healthy infants need 3 shots of Prevnar 13 at 2, 4 and 12 months of age.
Infants and children at higher risk of pneumococcal disease get 4 shots of Prevnar 13 at 2, 4, 6 and 12 months of age.
Some people 5 years of age and older with certain medical conditions are at high risk of pneumococcal disease. The PCV13 vaccine is provided free to:
- children 5 to 18 years of age with no spleen, or a spleen that is not working properly; and
- adults and children 5 years of age and older with HIV infection or who have had a stem cell transplant.
These individuals should also get a dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine after their last dose of PCV13.
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine, Pneumovax® 23
- An additional vaccine which protects against more types of pneumococcal bacteria
- Not part of the routine immunization schedule for children
- Provided for free for people at high risk
- Given to people 2 years of age or older who have certain medical conditions
For more information about the pneumococcal vaccines and who should get them, see the following: