The pneumonococcal (PCV) vaccine is given to babies at two and four months of age with a booster dose between 12 and 13 months.

PCV provides some protection against one of the most common causes of meningitis and also against other conditions such as severe ear infections (otitis media), and pneumonia caused by pneumococcal bacteria. This vaccine does not protect against all types of pneumococcal infection and does not protect against meningitis caused by other bacteria or viruses.

What to expect after immunisation: babies and young children

Important information for parents about what to expect after their child recieves an immunisation.

Older Adults

The pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 65 and over, and everyone with serious heart, chest, kidney and other long-term health problems. The vaccine can be given at any time and one injection provides years of protection.

Updated 28 July 2014

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