Pneumococcal disease

A summary

Pneumococcus

 

Personal story

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.

The vaccine

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.

Further reading

Page reviewed November 2018.
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