1. I am 68 years old, in good health and have never had any...

Question: 

1. I am 68 years old, in good health and have never had any pneumococcal vaccine. Should I get PNEU-C-13 or PNEU-P-23 or should I get both?

Answer: 

In BC, Pneumovax® 23‎ (Pneu-P-23) vaccine is publicly funded (free) for seniors over the age of 65. Prevnar® 13 (Pneu-C-13) is free for adults at high risk of pneumococcal disease due to receipt of HSCT (blood and marrow transplant) and HIV infection. Learn about these vaccines here.

Immunization with Pneu-C-13 vaccine may be considered and purchased on an individual basis for seniors 65 years of age and older. Discuss this vaccine with your health care provider. Learn about vaccines for adults here. You can get free vaccines from your local health unit, most pharmacies and some doctors’ offices. You can purchase non-publicly funded vaccines at most pharmacies and travel clinics. Services vary throughout BC.

Immunization Nurse

Date last updated: 
Friday, Nov 22, 2019