To read Janine’s story of how her son spent 7 days on life support, fighting a disease she had never heard of, please see here.
Pneumococcal vaccines are on the Australian immunisation schedule and are recommended for:
- routine vaccination in infants and children
- all adults aged ≥65 years
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults
- children, adolescents and adults with conditions that are associated with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease
- Anyone who wants to protect themselves against pneumococcal disease
The schedule is complex, however, and varies between States and Territories within Australia, so please see your GP or immunisation nurse for specific advice.
- Australian government information page about Pneumococcal disease
- Australian government information page about Pneumococcal vaccines
- The Australian Immunisation schedule
- The Australian Immunisation Handbook
- The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia information page.
- For data showing how routine immunisation has made Pneumococcal disease in toddlers a rare event, have a look here.
Page reviewed November 2018.