Pneumococcal

Pneumococcal is a bacterial disease that may lead to three serious infections: Meningitis (brain infection), Bacteremia (bloodstream infection), and Pneumonia (lung infection). People with this disease may have a fever, be irritable, and may lose their appetite. Those who have meningitis and bacteremia may have headaches, vomiting, and a stiff neck. Those with pneumonia may cough up thick mucus and have difficulty in breathing. Those with otitis media will have severe ear pain. The bacteria are spread from an infected person to another by close contact such as kissing, coughing, and sneezing or sharing items such as cigarettes, toys, and musical instruments.

Who is at risk?

  • Children, especially those under the age of 2, with cochlear implants, who are Indigenous, who attend who attend child care centres, and/or with a chronic illness such as sickle cell disease, pulmonary disease, kidney disease, etc.
  • Adults, especially those who have a chronic illness such as heart disease, diabetes, COPD, splenectomy, who smoke, and 65 years of age and older.

Check out our resources on pneumococcal immunization and share with your network!


Pneumococcal Vaccination Pocket Guide for Immunizers 

Pocket guide for immunizers: Pneumococcal vaccination

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Pocket guide for immunizers: Pneumococcal vaccination

The purpose of this pocket guide is to serve as a tool for health care providers to learn more about pneumococcal vaccines, enabling them to make strong recommendations to their patients. 

This pocket guide references recommendations from Immunize Canada's team of experts and recommendation made in the Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on pneumococcal vaccines from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

NACI Statements

Recommendations for public health programs on the use of pneumococcal vaccines in children, including the use of 15-valent and 20-valent conjugate vaccines. National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). 11 March 2024.

Summary of NACI statement of March 11, 2024: Recommendations for public health programs on the use of pneumococcal vaccines in children, including the use of 15-valent and 20-valent conjugate vaccines. National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). 11 March 2024.

Recommendations for Public Health Programs on the Use of Pneumococcal Vaccines in Children, Including the Use of 15-Valent and 20-Valent Conjugate Vaccines: Economic Evidence Supplementary Appendix. National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). 11 March 2024.

Public health level recommendations on the use of pneumococcal vaccines in adults, including the use of 15-valent and 20-valent conjugate vaccines. National Advisory Committee on Immunization. 24 February 2023.

Recommendations on the use of conjugate pneumococcal vaccine – 15 valent (PNEU-C-15) and 20 valent (PNEU-C-20) in adults. Economic evidence supplementary appendix. National Advisory Committee on Immunization. 24 February 2023.

Summary of National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) Statement of February 2023: Public Health Level Recommendations on the Use of Pneumococcal Vaccines in Adults, Including the Use of 15-Valent and 20-Valent Conjugate Vaccines. National Advisory Committee on Immunization. 24 February 2023.​​​

Pneumococcal Vaccine Factsheets and Infographics 

Preventing Pneumococcal Disease in Adults and Children

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Preventing Pneumococcal Disease in Adults and Children - infographic

Protect yourself from pneumococcal disease

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Protect yourself from pneumococcal disease (brochure)

Pneumococcal Vaccine Videos

Let’s go over what pneumococcal disease is.

 

Let’s go over pneumococcal disease in children.

 

 

 

Pneumococcal Vaccine Posters 

Pneumococcal disease: children under two years of age

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Pneumococcal disease: children under 2 years of age

Pneumococcal disease: adults 65+ and people living with a chronic illness

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Pneumococcal disease: Adults 65+ and people living with a chronic illness

Pneumococcal Vaccine Social Media Images

Pneumococcal disease – children under two years of age

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Pneumococcal disease: Children under two years of age (social media image for Twitter)

Pneumococcal disease – children under two years of age

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Pneumococcal disease: Children under two years of age (social media image for Facebook)

Pneumococcal disease – children under two years of age

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Pneumococcal disease: Children under two years of age (social media image for Instagram)

Children under two years of age are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection.

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Children under two years of age are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection (Twitter)​​​​

Children under two years of age are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection.

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Children under two years of age are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection (Facebook)

Children under two years of age are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection.

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Children under two years of age are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection (Instagram)

Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza.

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Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza (Twitter)

Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza.

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Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza (Facebook)

Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza.

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Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza (Instagram)

Pneumococcal disease – adults 65+ and adults living with a chronic illness

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Pneumococcal disease: Adults 65+ and adults living with a chronic illness (social media image for Twitter)

Pneumococcal disease – adults 65+ and adults living with a chronic illness

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Pneumococcal disease: Adults 65+ and adults living with a chronic illness (social media image for Facebook)

Pneumococcal disease – adults 65+ and adults living with a chronic illness

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Pneumococcal disease: Adults 65+ and adults living with a chronic illness (social media image for Instagram)

Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza.

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Adults 65 and older and adults with a chronic illness are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection (Twitter)

Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza.

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Adults 65 and older and adults with a chronic illness are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection (Facebook)

Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza.

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Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza

Adults 65 and older and adults with a chronic illness are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection.

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Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza (adults 65+) (Twitter)

Adults 65 and older and adults with a chronic illness are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection.

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Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza (adults 65+) (Facebook)

Adults 65 and older and adults with a chronic illness are among those at highest risk of pneumococcal infection.

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Pneumococcal disease is a complication of influenza (adults 65+) (Instagram)


Last Updated: 23 May 2024