Good morning, I heard recently that there is a vaccine to...

Question: 

Good morning, I heard recently that there is a vaccine to help prevent pneumonia. If there is such a vaccine when and where is it available. 

Answer: 

There are two types of vaccines that protect against either 13 or 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

The Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV13) Vaccine protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria.  This vaccine is free for children as part of their routine immunizations.  This vaccine is also recommended and available free for people 5 years of age and older with certain medical conditions.  

The Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria.  This vaccine is recommended and available free for adults 65 years of age and older and adults living in residential care facilities. This vaccine is also recommended and available free for people 2 years of age and older with certain medical or lifestyle risks. 

We recommend that you contact your local public health unit and ask to speak with a public health nurse. A public health nurse can tell you which vaccines are recommended for you. 

If you are eligible for a free pneumococcal vaccine, you can get the free vaccine from your local public health unit or pharmacy.  Some family doctors also provide immunizations.  If you are not eligible for the free vaccine, you can purchase the vaccine from your local pharmacy of travel clinic. 

You can find a list of vaccines recommended for adults in BC here