The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13, Prevnar-13) for adults ages 65 years and older. This is in addition to the recommendation of one dose of the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (the “pneumonia” shot) which has been available for several years. Streptococcus pneumonia remains a leading cause of serious illness (pneumonia, meningitis, and bacteremia in adults 65 years and older and in adults 19 years and older with chronic conditions such as asthma/copd, heart disease and diabetes. The recommendations are as follows:
Abbreviations: PCV13 = 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine; PPSV23 = 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.
* Minimum interval between sequential administration of PCV13 and PPSV23 is 8 weeks; PPSV23 can be given later than 6–12 months after PCV13 if this window is missed.
Medicare/Supplemental Insurance will pay in most cases.
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