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Pneumococcal disease

Any infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, including:

Pneumococcal PNEUMONIA

  • Makes up 50 to 80% of all cases of pneumococcal disease in adults
  • Is most common bacterial type of pneumonia
  • Can be life-threatening, and require admission to the hospital or intensive care unit

Prevnar 13 is not indicated to reduce complications of pneumococcal disease, such as hospitalization and death.

Who is at risk?

YOU ARE AT AN INCREASED RISK of getting pneumococcal pneumonia/invasive pneumococcal disease if you are:


  • Chronic lung disease (including asthma and COPD)
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Certain neurological conditions
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Cancer
  • Involving immunosuppression (e.g., transplants, HIV)


  • Smoking
  • Alcoholism
  • Living in long-term care facilities

COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease;
HIV = human immunodeficiency virus


a Risk Factor Checklist.

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Streptococcus pneumoniae can be present in your body without
causing any symptoms.

Even though you may not show any symptoms,
you can still infect others.

Like the flu, Streptococcus pneumoniae can be
passed on from person to person through:

You can prepare

You can prepare

Pneumococcal pneumonia may be vaccine-preventable.

You can also help prevent it by:

  • Practicing good hygiene
  • Quitting smoking, if you smoke
  • Exercising and eating healthy to
    keep your immune system strong


Prevnar 13, a conjugate polysaccharide vaccine, is administered in adults as a single dose into the arm or leg muscle. In adults, it is used for the prevention of diseases such as pneumonia, bacteraemic pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis caused by 13 types of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.

How does it work?

Vaccines teach our bodies to recognize and respond to viruses and bacteria, by making products called antibodies that help fight the disease. Our immune system can remember and fight them if they attack in the future.

Prevnar 13 helps your body make its own antibodies to help protect you against 13 types of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Help protect yourself against Streptococcus pneumoniae with Prevnar 13, a single-shot* vaccine in adults.

Prevnar 13 safety information

Prevnar 13 should not be used if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substances, to any other ingredients, or to any other vaccine that contains diphtheria toxoid.

Take special care with Prevnar 13:

  • If you have any present or past medical problems after any dose of Prevnar 13
  • If you are sick with a high fever
  • If you have any bleeding problems

Prevnar 13 will only protect against diseases caused by the types of Streptococcus pneumoniae covered by the vaccine.

The most common side effects reported in at least 1 in 10 adults are decreased appetite, headache, diarrhea, rash, new joint pain/aggravated joint pain, new muscle pain/aggravated muscle pain, chills, fatigue, vomiting (in adults 18-49 years old), any pain, tenderness, redness, swelling or hardness at the injection site, limitation of arm movement. Common side effects reported in at least 1 in 100 adults, but less than 1 in 10 adults, are vomiting (in adults aged 50 years and over) and fever.

As with any vaccine, Prevnar 13 will not protect 100% of those who receive the vaccine.

Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if Prevnar 13 is right for you.