Are there two types of pneumonia vaccines? Is the free...

Question: 

Are there two types of pneumonia vaccines? Is the free vaccine given to those who meet the high risk criteria the same as those that do not meet & is at a cost of $100.

Answer: 

There are two kinds of pneumococcal vaccines available in BC:

The links above have information on who these vaccines are recommended for and which groups are eligible to receive these vaccines for free.  We recommend that you speak with your immunizing health care provider.  He or she can make a recommendation for you.  

These vaccines are available for purchase from some pharmacies and travel clinics.  You will need to contact your local travel clinic or pharmacy for information on the cost of these vaccines if purchased privately. 

- Immunization Nurse