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How can pneumococcal disease be prevented?

Page last updated 03 July 2020

Serious pneumococcal disease is most common in children under two years of age and older adults over the age of 65 years. 

Vaccines for pneumococcal disease are provided free as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP) < https://beta.health.gov.au/topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/national-immunisation-program-schedule> as follows:

  • Infants are vaccinated at two, four and twelve months of age
  • Adults are vaccinated again once they turn 70 years of age
  • Other people may also require additional vaccinations if they have a chronic disease or if they are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Speak with your healthcare professional for further information regarding vaccination for pneumococcal disease.

While vaccination can protect you from becoming infected, to prevent pneumococcal disease spreading, remember to practice good hygiene:

  • Always cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often

Sources & Citations

2. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Pneumococcal disease. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/pneumococcal-disease (accessed 17 March 2020).

3. Australian Government. Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook -Pneumococcal disease. Available at: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/vaccine-preventable-diseases/pneumococcal-disease (accessed 17 March 2020).

 

7. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Travelers Health – Pneumococcal disease. Available at: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/pneumococcal-disease-streptococcus-pneumoniae (accessed 17 March 2020).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0149(1) - Date of preparation April 2020

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