I have had a pneumonectomy (1997). I frequently get lung...

Question: 

I have had a pneumonectomy (1997). I frequently get lung infections (at least one a year, some years more than 1). I wonder if I can get funding to cover the cost of Prevnar 13.

Answer: 

In BC, the Prevnar 13 vaccine is recommended and provided free to adults with HIV infection or who have had a stem cell transplant.  The vaccine is also recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization but not provided free in BC for adults with certain immunosuppressive conditions.

We recommend that you contact your local public health unit and ask to speak with a public health nurse.  A public health nurse can review the recommendations and eligibility criteria for the Prevnar 13 vaccine with you and provide you with more information. A public health nurse can also tell you if there are other vaccines that are recommended for you.  You can find the contact information for your local public health unit here

- Immunization Nurse 

Date last updated: 
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Nov 01, 2017