My dad had a pneumonia shot in 2019. He was under the he...

Question: 

My dad had a pneumonia shot in 2019. He was under the he could now get 1 year later Prevnar 13 vaccination. Is this true? He is 72.

Answer: 

Your dad likely received the free pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine last year which protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria. It is publicly funded (free) for people 65 and over. The other vaccine that protects against 13 strains of pneumonia (pneumococcal conjugate or Prevnar 13 vaccine) is only publicly funded for people with certain medical conditions but it is available for purchase for people who want the protection. It should be given one year after the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. You can find more info here. Some health care plans will cover the cost. He would need to check with his provider. It is available for purchase at most pharmacies.

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