Pneumococcal Pneumonia vaccinations
- ARE YOU 65 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER?Then you are eligible for free vaccination against pneumococcal pneumonia! SPEAK TO YOUR GP, DON'T MISS OUT!
Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common form of serious (invasive) pneumococcal disease. It usually requires hospitalisation. It mainly affects people over the age 65 years and young children under 2.
We encourage these two groups to be up to date with vaccination schedule to ensure protection against this potentially serious infection
Children under 2 fall in the NIP (National immunisation programme) - Prevenar 13 vaccine given at 2, 4 and 6 months.
Free vaccination of Pneumovax 23 available for adults 65 years of age and older.
All indigenous people over age 50 and those aged 15-49 who have a medical risk factors.
One dose on or near 65yrs and then a single booster dose 5 years later (booster dose for high risk group only).
Talk to your GP about this very important vaccination especially at this delicate time of the year