Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged <5 years living in certain states and territories are recommended to receive 13vPCV and 23vPPV
In addition to the 3 doses for all children <5 years of age, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in the following states and territories are recommended to receive an additional dose of 13vPCV at 6 months of age:
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
This is because of the higher risk of pneumococcal disease in these children.1
These children are also recommended to receive 2 doses of 23vPPV:
- 1 dose at 4 years of age
- a 2nd dose at least 5 years later
This is because a considerable proportion of pneumococcal disease in these children is caused by serotypes that are present in 23vPPV but not in 13vPCV.
For children aged >12 months who have not completed a full course of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, the timing and number of further doses for catch-up vaccination depends on:
- the child’s age
- any previous doses they received
For recommendations, see Table. Catch-up schedule for 13vPCV for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in NT, Qld, SA or WA ONLY, and all children with any risk condition(s) for pneumococcal disease, aged <5 years.
- 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
- 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
Printed content may be out of date. For up to date information, always refer to the digital version: https://immunisationhandbook.health.gov.au/recommendations/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-children-aged.