Pneumococcal Vaccines

Pneumococcal vaccines can prevent severe disease, hospitalization, and death; There are two different types of pneumococcal vaccines that you can get. Learn about pneumococcal vaccination and view the immunization schedules for children and adults. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have questions.

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13, PCV15, and PCV20)

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV vaccines) help protect against bacteria that cause pneumococcal disease. Health care providers can use three different PCV vaccines depending on their patient’s age and medical status. These three vaccines are commonly referred to as PCV13, PCV15, and PCV20.

PCV13

PCV13 protects against 13 strains of pneumococcal bacteria. You should get PCV13 if you are:

  • Younger than 2 years old
  • 2 through 18 years old with certain medical conditions

All children get a series of four PCV13 doses.  Children get one dose at each of these ages: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12 through 15 months. Children who miss their shots at these ages should still get the vaccine. Ask your child's health care provider for details on how to get your child caught up.

Adults

Check with your healthcare provider about which vaccine(s) you should receive.

PCV15 and PCV20

PCV15 and PCV20 protect against 15 and 20 strains of pneumococcal bacteria. If you have never received any pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, you should get PCV15 or PCV20 if you are:

  • 65 years or older
  • 19 through 64 years old with certain medical conditions or other risk factors

If you receive a dose of PCV15, it should be followed by a dose of PPSV23 one year later. PCV20 does not need any additional doses.

Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)

PPSV23 protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria. You should get PPSV23 if you are:

  • 2 through 18 years old with certain medical conditions
  • 19 years or older who received PCV15

If you have received only PPSV23, you should get PCV15 or PCV20 one year after the PPSV23 vaccination.

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