Immunisation: What you need to know before you consent
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The pneumococcal vaccine helps protect you against pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal can cause a fever, irritability, pneumonia, meningitis, blood poisoning (septicemia), ear infections and other infections.
Two pneumococcal vaccines are available free under the National Immunisation Program for specific groups.
The Prevenar 13 vaccine is available free as part of the National Immunisation Program at:
The Prevenar 13 vaccine is also recommended to other groups, for example, those with chronic medical conditions, that are associated with an increased risk of pneumococcal infection.
The Pneumovax 23 vaccine is available free to groups considered at risk of pneumococcal infection, including all::
The Pneumovax 23 vaccine is also recommended to other groups, for example, those with chronic medical conditions, or at high risk of catching the disease. Speak to your doctor or immunisation provider if you think you are in this category.
The Pneumovax 23 vaccine must not be given to children less than two years of age
The pneumococcal vaccine is given as an injection into the thigh if under 12 months of age or into the top of the arm if over 12 months of age.
Like any medications, the pneumococcal vaccines can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
Common side effects may include:
Very rarely, you may experience a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to the Immunisation Section.
Many of the common side effects can be reduced by:
To receive the vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisation services page.