Pneumococcal vaccines decrease your chances of infection of pneumococcal bacteria by helping your body recognize and fight harmful germs. There are two different types of pneumococcal vaccines now available for adults in Canada:
The non-conjugated vaccines Pneumo 23*, Pneumovax 23®.
- The conjugated vaccine, Prevnar 13®. This vaccine has routinely been given to infants and toddlers for over a decade, and has been approved by Health Canada to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in adults 50 years of age and older.1,11