Pneumonia Shot: How Often Do You Need to Get It?

Pneumococcal disease is any type of illness caused by A type of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae.  Pneumococcal infections can range from ear and sinus infections to pneumonia and bloodstream infections. Pneumococcal disease is common among babies and toddlers; older adults are also at higher risk having life-threatening complications from a pneumonia infection.

Fortunately, there are several pneumonia vaccines available that help prevent pneumococcal disease in children and older adults. These are PCV10, PCV13 and PPSV23.

Pneumonia shots for children

PCV10 and PCV 13 can be given at a minimum age of 6 weeks.  Primary vaccination consists of 3 doses with an interval of at least 4 weeks between doses plus a booster dose given 6 months after the third dose.

Healthy children 2 to 5 years old who do not have previous PCV vaccination may be given 1 dose of PCV 13, or 2 doses of PCV 10 at least 8 weeks apart.

Pneumonia shots for adults

PCV13 may be given first, followed by PPSV23 at least 1 year after the PCV13 dose. No revaccination with PPSV23 or PCV13 is required.

Adults more than 50 years of age who were previously given PPSV23 may be given PCV13 at least 1 year after.

Adults who were previously vaccinated with PPSV23 at less than 50 years old, but who are now 50 years or older may receive 1 dose of PCV13 at least 1 year after, then another dose of PPSV23 after 1 year of the PCV13 dose.

Adults more than 50 years of age who were previously given PPSV23 without previous PCV13 dose may opt to be given another dose of PPSV23 after 5 years. No revaccination is required thereafter.

Consult your doctor for more information on the recommended pneumonia vaccination schedule.

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